Introduction: In May 2019 the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) launched their quadrennially updated guidelines on the management of diabetic foot infections (DFIs). Concomitantly, the number of new publications regarding DFI increased.Areas covered: The IWGDF committee developed and addressed key questions and produced evidence-based recommendations related to diagnosing and treating DFIs. This narrative review provides an overview of this new guideline and also of other recently published literature in the field of DFIs.Expert opinion: The 2019 IWGDF guidelines provide an authoritative, international, evidence-based approach to diagnosing and treating DFIs. The 27 recommendations are supported by systematic reviews of both diagnosis and interventions. Our review of this guideline, along with other recent publications in the field, allows us to offer state-of-the-art guidance for caring for these difficult infections. As the evidence base for management of DFIs remains suboptimal, we need further research to improve the management of DFIs.