This guideline covers preventing and managing foot problems in children, young people and adults with diabetes. It aims to reduce variation in practice, including antibiotic prescribing for diabetic foot infections.

In October 2019, we reviewed the evidence for antimicrobial prescribing for diabetic foot infections and updated the recommendations.


The guideline includes recommendations on:

View 3-page visual summary
See a 3-page visual summary of the antimicrobial prescribing recommendations, including tables to support prescribing decisions.

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals caring for people with diabetes
  • Commissioners and providers of diabetes foot care services
  • People with diabetes, and their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked the impact of the Crawford et al. (2020) health technology assessment on this guideline in October 2021 and we are updating it. The update will focus on risk stratification tools and timing of foot assessments for people at risk of diabetic foot problems.

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline updates and replaces NICE guidelines CG10 (January 2004) and CG119 (March 2011), and the recommendation on foot care in NICE guideline CG15 (July 2004).

NICE worked with Public Health England to develop this guidance.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian. 

All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.

Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with complying with those duties.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.

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