The A-DFS was formally founded in Munich in July 2014. The purpose of the association is to provide a platform for Diabetic Foot Surgeons in order to enhance cooperation across medical specialities and promote best practice in clinical interventions, research and education within the field of diabetic foot surgery.

The first symposium of A-DFS was held on 23 May 2015 at the International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot in The Hague, Netherlands. The symposium included presentations about the historic role of surgery in diabetic foot treatment with special emphasis on neuropathy and infections.

The occasion was also used to officially launch the society, and following this event, the association started to receive its first formal membership requests.  

In the second part of 2015, the association has focused on establishing the organisational structures of the association and especially on  setting up the membership database and starting to plan the association’s 2nd symposium to be held on 8-9 September 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany.