Diabetic foot care training in developing countries: Addressing the skills shortage

The growing prevalence of diabetes is accompanied by increases in the number of diabetic complications, including those of the foot. This will especially affect developing countries, where the percentage of the population with diabetes is rapidly out-pacing that in the developed world. With only 19 countries worldwide having licensed schools of podiatry, and trained podiatrists operating in approximately 35 countries, a large shortfall of podiatry services exists globally. To address the resultant skills shortage in diabetic foot care, the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot established the Diabetic Foot Care Education Working Group to develop a programme to train accredited diabetic foot care assistants in developing countries.

Authors

  • Sue Tulley

    Senior Podiatrist, King Abdulaziz National Guard Hospital, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

  • Ali Foster

    Podiatrist , Eastbourne, UK

  • Margreet van Putten

    Chief of Podiatry Education, Fontys University, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

  • Vilma Urbancic-Rovan

    Associate Professor of Medicine, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Karel Bakker

    Retired Internist, Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, and Chair, International Diabetes Federation Consultative Section and International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, Heemstede, the Netherlands