The WUWHS’ 2016 position statement: an important statement on diabetic foot to implement.
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.
The financial and human cost of the disease and associated complications are high: the
American Diabetes Association puts the global direct costs of the disease at $825bn. The
cost of the lower limb extremity accounts for a significant proportion of this spend — in the US alone the cost of care of DFUs ranges from $9bn to $13bn of which between $1.38bn and $1.9bn is spent on diabetic infection alone.