Care & prevention

The Diabetic Foot

Atlas 8e complications footHigh blood glucose can cause damage to the nerves throughout the body. Neuropathy is a frequently encountered complication of diabetes. Nerve damage can be quite significant and allow injuries to go unnoticed, leading to ulceration, serious infections and in some case amputations.

Diabetic neuropathy is an impairment of normal activities of the nerves throughout the body and can alter autonomic, motor and sensory functions. Peripheral neuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy, affecting the outer nerves of the limbs, particularly those of the feet. It mainly alters sensory function, causing abnormal feelings and progressive numbness which facilitates the development of ulcers (diabetic foot).

Diabetic foot is one of the most common, costly and severe complications of diabetes. Amputation in people with diabetes is 10 to 20 times more common than in people without diabetes and it is estimated that every 30 seconds a lower limb or part of a lower limb is lost somewhere in the world as a consequence of diabetes.1

Diabetic foot can result in an important economic, social, and public health burden; especially in low-income communities, if there is neither an appropriate educational programme, nor adequate and suitable footwear.

1. International Diabetes Federation. IDF Diabetes Atlas, 8th edn. Brussels, Belgium: International Diabetes Federation, 2017.

IDF Diabetic Foot resources

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IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations


IDF Diabetes Complications and Foot Congress 2018

IDF18 news picIDF has launched a new series of live educational events to tackle the issues around diabetes complications. These biennial events will cover diabetes complications and highlight one specific complication at each event. The first in this series will focus on the diabetic foot and take place in Hyderabad, India on October 25-27 2018.

The IDF Diabetes Complications and Foot Congress 2018 aims is to provide participants with the latest research, treatments and tools to limit and treat diabetes complications. The ultimate goal is to improve outcomes and quality of life for people with diabetes.

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