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Diabetes and Foot Care

Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to blindness, kidney failure, stroke, heart attack and amputation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 340 million people around the globe will have diabetes by 2030. That’s a significant increase form the 177 million people reported in 2000.

With injuries to the foot being one of the most common complications of diabetes leading to hospitalization, podiatrists play an important role in helping people deal with this disease.  And to help podiatrists around the world, the FIP will be posting more and more information that can be shared with patients to make them more aware about what they can do to take good care of their feet.

Feel free to use the materials on this site with your patients, whether it’s the true/false quiz, tips for a walking program or the statistics listed in the media advisory.

Check back often for more information and resources too!

Click here for our recommended Walking Program.

Click here to take the Diabetes True/False Quiz.

Click here to download the Podiatrists; Fighting Amputations Worldwide powerpoint presentation.

Click here for a special powerpoint presentation for providers!

Click here to view and here the FIP Past President, Dr Joseph Capourusso's view on Diabetes Awareness.

Developing an organized international approach to global diabetes epidemic

Release date:  November 23, 2011

With membership in 30 countries around the world, the FIP is uniquely positioned to create a coordinated effort to combat the complications of diabetes in the lower extremity and to reduce amputations worldwide.

As the statistics below illustrate, we are experiencing a global pandemic of diabetes:

  • 346 million people worldwide have diabetes and it is estimated that the number of diagnosed diabetics will double between 2005 and 2030 (World Health Organization);
  • a person with diabetes is 10 times more likely to have an amputation;
  • 80% of non traumatic amputations are related to diabetes;
  • there is a 50% chance that the other leg will be amputated within 3-5 years after the first amputation.

The DM Foot Commission’s 2011 campaign – Podiatrists Fighting Amputations Worldwide – focuses on the importance of good foot health care and actions that diabetics can take to help control the disease.  The following statistics also point out the significant benefit of podiatrists being a part of good foot health care:

  • care by a podiatrist can lower the risk of hospitalization by 24% for those with diabetes;
  • a comprehensive podiatrist-directed foot care program can reduce the possibility of amputation by 85%.

For more information about the FIP’s International Diabetes Foot Commission, contact:

Carine Haemels

FIP President 

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Jayne Jeneroux

Executive Director

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