Diabetes can damage nerves (diabetic neuropathy) and blood vessels throughout the body when blood glucose levels and blood pressure are persistently too high. Diabetic foot ulcers cause the majority of lower-limb amputations in developing countries. In many cases, people with amputations can no longer provide for themselves or their families, become dependent on others and suffer from social isolation.
Most amputations in people with diabetes are preceded by a foot ulcer. Yet most foot ulcers can be prevented or healed using simple, low-cost measures. WDF projects therefore ensure training of healthcare professionals, provide multidisciplinary care, and establish patient self-care with a focus on prevention of foot ulcers