World Diabetic Foot Day in 2020

Hosted on 15 May at the EWMA 2020 Conference in London

The Diabetic Foot Disease – a worldwide emergency

In recent years, diabetic foot disease has grown to reach pandemic proportions. It is a serious health problem that imposes a huge global economic burden. Every 20 seconds, a lower limb is amputated somewhere in the world because of diabetes, with 85% of these amputations caused by ulceration.  The number of patients affected by diabetic foot ulceration is increasing every year, as is the number of recurring cases. At the same time, the complexity of cases is increasing. This calls for closer collaboration between all stakeholders working in the field of diabetic foot management, with the aim of planning new strategies for addressing this worldwide challenge.

Diabetic foot seen through interdisciplinary lenses – creating a critical mass

A change of pace is required and the global community needs to assume responsibility for this challenging situation, which involves more than 100 million people around the world. To succeed in this multi-faceted task, stakeholders must have open dialogue about improvements in diagnostic techniques, interventions in the treatment of foot ulcers and the management of the care process. To facilitate diabetic foot prevention and the treatment of patients with complications, we need to look at the diabetic foot through an interdisciplinary lens. This need motivated the former EWMA president, Jan Apelqvist, the EWMA president, Alberto Piaggesi,  and the chair of the International working group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF), Nicolaas C. Schaper to reach out to other associations in the field and propose a common initiative on diabetic foot management for 2020. 

The European Wound Management Association is offering a platform, namely the EWMA 2020 Conference in London, for the first World Diabetic Foot Day. The aim of this initiative is to bring together different professionals who are involved in the management of the diabetic foot in order to exchange knowledge of best practice and facilitate partnerships between organisations. Together, we can promote and facilitate the evidence-based management of diabetic foot ulcers and reduce amputation numbers.

World Diabetic Foot Day in 2020 – What to expect

• World Diabetic Foot Day will take place during the EWMA 2020 Conference in London on 15 May 2020. 

• All major diabetic foot associations have joined the initiative and will help to shape the programme in line with their interests and specific points of view.

• World Diabetic Foot Day will include various sessions running in parallel, including one with a primary focus on state-of-the-art research related to diabetic foot diseases as well as the future of the diabetic foot. Session formats include scientific presentations, poster presentations, workshops, debates, Q&A sessions and strategy planning.



Friday, 15 May 2020


ExCeL London
One Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Dock
London E16 1XL