Presenting new epidemiological and diabetes-related impact data.
The diabetic foot is one of the most serious and costly complications of diabetes, resulting in an important economic, social, and public health burden, particularly in low-income communities. With the growing number of people living with diabetes worldwide, healthcare professionals are encouraged to pay attention to the major complications of diabetes in their daily practice.
The new IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations on the Diabetic Foot are simplified, easy to digest guidelines to prioritize health care practitioner's early intervention of the diabetic foot with a sense of urgency through education. The main goals are to promote early detection and intervention; provide the criteria for time- adequate referral to a second or third level centers and serve as tool to educate people with diabetes about the importance of prevention of this complication.