Position document: Local management of diabetic foot ulcers

Incidence of diabetes among the world’s adult population has almost quadrupled in the past 30 years with 422 million adults worldwide now diagnosed with the disease, according to the 2016 World Health Organization Global Diabetes Report. Within this population, the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) is reported to be 4%–10%, with a 1-in-4 risk of ulceration during a lifetime.


  • Keith Harding

    Dean of Clinical Innovation, Cardiff University, Medical Director, Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, Cardiff, UK,

  • David G Armstrong

    Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), Department of Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

  • Paul Chadwick

    Principal Podiadrist, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Salford

  • Elizabeth Ruth Choudhry

    Clinical Support Services Al Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Mike Edmonds

    Consultant Physician, King’s College Hospital, London

  • Miriam Loots

    Dermatologist, Sint Franciscus Gasthuis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands