The mission of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) is to produce evidence-based guidelines to inform health care providers all over the world on strategies for the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease. Thus the IWGDF aims to reduce the high patient and societal burden of diabetic foot disease.

In 2021, the IWGDF will start the production of a new set of evidence-based guidelines to inform health care providers all over the world on strategies for the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease. We will use the GRADE system to developed these guidelines. Each guideline will be underpinned by one or more systematic reviews of the scientific literature, and there will an update to the widely praised practical guidelines. Each of the guidelines is created by a separate working group (usually of 12 members) comprising clinicians, scientists, and other experts-in-the-field from all over the world, who are not bound by any mandate or instructions from outside the IWGDF.

The IWGDF guidelines are produced in accordance with our vision, which is to:

  • develop evidence-based guidelines with recommendations that aim to be applicable in daily practice and that reflect the level of (un)certainty of the knowledge obtained, to reduce the high burden of disease that societies and people with diabetic foot disease experience;
  • bring together experts, including both those with expertise in clinical science and those with experience in clinical practice, from all over the world and from relevant disciplines involved in the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease, to produce these guidelines;
  • form independent working groups, not bound by any mandate or instructions from outside the IWGDF, and synthesize without prejudice the current knowledge on the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease;
  • produce these guidelines in a way that facilitates their translation for local or national circumstances, recognizing that health care systems and resources differ across the world;
  • stimulate dissemination of these guidelines using all available channels, methods and partners;
  • consistently update these guidelines, as frequently as necessary and at least once every four years; and
  • define important areas for future research to help improve the outcome of diabetic foot disease.

The IWGDF Editorial Board is responsible for this process, as described in their terms of reference. For the IWGDF 2023 guidelines, the Editorial Board consists of the following members:

Prof. Nicolaas C. Schaper

Internist-endocrinologist Dept. Internal Medicine, Div. Endocrinology, Maastricht University Hospital, the Netherlands. Nicolaas Schaper is since several decades closely involved in the diabetic foot. His research is […]

Dr. J. Apelqvist

Senior consultant and associate professor Department of endocrinology University hospital of Skåne in Malmö, and division for clinical sciences University of Lund (Sweden) Jan Apelqvist is […]

Prof. Dr. Frances Game

Diabetologist University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust Professor Fran Game has been a consultant Diabetologist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS […]

A/Prof. Sicco A. Bus

Human movement scientist Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Dr. Sicco Bus is a human movement scientist and works as an associate professor and principle investigator at […]

Dr. Jaap J. van Netten

Senior researcher / Human movement scientist Department of Rehabilitation, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Dr. Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, […]

Prof. Dr. Matilde Monteiro-Soares

Podiatrist / Assistant teacher / Researcher Coordinator of Podiatry course @ Portuguese Red Cross School of Health - Lisbon Assistant Teacher at MEDCIDS –  Departamento de Medicina da […]

Prof. Dr. Robert Fitridge

Professor of Vascular Surgery University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital Rob Fitridge is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He is a […]

Prof. Dr. Eric Senneville

Specialist in Infectious Diseases Gustave Dron Hospital, Tourcoing, France Prof Eric Senneville, MD, PhD,  trained in medicine in Lille University, France before specializing from 1983 to […]