Dear IDF Member

It is our please to inform you of the launch of the IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations on the Diabetic Foot 2017.

Long-term complications of diabetes develop gradually. The longer you have diabetes — and the less controlled your blood sugar — the higher the risk of complications. 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. It is therefore IDF’s vision to develop a series clinical practice recommendations for health care professionals on specific topics, with the aim of creating clinical guidelines in easily digestible and user-friendly format and adaptable to any country, region or health setting. Diabetic foot is one of the most serious and costly complications of diabetes.

The new IDF Clinical Practice Recommendations 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 in this pathology. They are an excellent addition to the knowledge base underlying the delivery of high-quality primary clinical care and we hope that they will promote and improve diabetic foot care within all seven regions of IDF. The Guidelines can be accessed at: https://www.idf.org/our-activities/care-prevention/diabetic-foot.html.

I would like to thank the IDF Diabetic Foot Committee, headed by Dr. Ammar Ibrahim, for their tireless efforts to produce these guidelines. Using their vast experience in the field, the committee members methodically and critically examined a vast amount of published scientific evidence on the diabetic foot. These clinical practice recommendations are a tribute to the skills of the authors and it is with great pleasure that I pen these words to relate my enthusiasm for their work.

It is our hope and expectation that these clinical practice recommendations will provide an effective learning experience and referenced resource for all health professionals caring for people living with diabetes, resulting in improved patient outcomes. I therefore highly recommend that all primary care health professionals make use of them for an optimal management of diabetic foot complications in their settings.

Yours Sincerely,

Shaukat Sadikot
President
International Diabetes Federation

Nam Cho
President-Elect International
Diabetes Federation

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