The mission of D-Foot International

Ending avoidable lower-limb amputations due to diabetes worldwide

Phu Thi Hong Thuy, a 48-year-old woman with diabetes, had her leg amputated after she cut herself on a closet at home. "Sometimes I feel my leg itching, but when I look, it's not there," said Ms Thuy, a patient at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Phu Thi Hong Thuy
Justin Mott


A message from the President

As I step into the new Biennium 2021-2023 as President of the D-Foot International, I feel the immense responsibility that lies on my shoulders.

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International Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons & D-Foot International

A joint statement from International Association of Diabetic Foot Surgeons and D-Foot International in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine

6th March 2022

It is extremely distressing and heart-breaking to witness the developments rapidly unfolding in Ukraine over the past few days. The evolving calamity is enormous and is affecting countless
innocent civilians in Ukraine. We are alarmed about the effect of current humanitarian crisis on providing essential medical care to the effected people who are in dire need. We are also concerned about its effect on our medical colleagues in Ukraine having to work in such an extremely difficult environment. We strongly emphasise the need for implementing the principle of medical neutrality as per the international humanitarian law by all parties involved in this armed conflict.

We call upon the Russian authorities recognise the need for the healthcare professionals in Ukraine continue to care for patients without the fear of being subjected to violence, hostility, or disruption. Our thoughts are with our healthcare colleagues in Ukraine, and we appeal to the Russian government to come with a peaceful solution.

Venu Kavarthapu
President, IADFS

Vijay Viswanathan
President, D-Foot International

A model of integrated diabetic foot care and early referral

All over the world, the advent of specialist diabetic foot clinics has clearly demonstrated a year-on-year improvement in clinical outcomes for patients presenting with ulcerations.

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D-Foot International

Foot problems are one of the most common complications of diabetes, and the most feared.

Up to 1 in 4 of all people with diabetes who have a loss of sensation to their feet will develop an ulcer in their lifetime. When that happens, over time, an amputation may follow in most people, and with it, their ability to work, see their friends, look after their kids and go about their lives.

It doesn't have to be like this.

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Lockdown Academy

D-Foot International is presenting free webinars during the current period of lockdown.

Lectures from experts around the world focus on different topics related to diabetic foot: infection, vascular disease, Charcot foot, local wound care, etc of up to 20 minutes.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to log in to the webinar.

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Diabetic foot unit in Dakar

In December 2019, the Belgian Abbey of Chimay donated € 15,000 to D-Foot International to use for ‘Projet Sénégal’, to benefit diabetic foot activities in French-speaking Africa. A diabetic foot centre and training facility is being set up.

Maïmouna Ndour Mbaye, the National Representative of Senegal and D-Foot Regional Chair for Africa, advised that she wished to expand her diabetes centre in Dakar, Senegal, where the funding could be utilised to purchase equipment and materials to benefit diabetic foot training of healthcare professionals in the region. 

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