Definitions and criteria for diabetic foot disease

Jaap J. van Netten*, Sicco A. Bus, Jan Apelqvist, Benjamin A. Lipsky, Robert J. Hinchliffe, Frances Game, Gerry Rayman, Peter A. Lazzarini, Rachael O. Forsythe, Edgar J. G. Peters, Eric Senneville, Prashanth Vas, Matilde Monteiro-Soares, Nicolaas C. Schaper, International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF)

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Multiple disciplines are involved in the management of diabetic foot disease, and a common vocabulary is essential for clear communication. Based on the systematic reviews of the literature that form the basis of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) Guidelines, the IWGDF has developed a set of definitions and criteria for diabetic foot disease. This document describes these definitions and criteria. We suggest these definitions be used consistently in both clinical practice and research to facilitate clear communication between professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3268
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes-metabolism Research and Reviews
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

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