We are asking physicians, clinicians, and staff across the country to participate in The Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL) Foundation’s White Sock Campaign. The goal is to raise awareness of the connection between PAD and diabetes and the importance of early vascular care – we do this by wearing one simple and visible tool: a white sock.
The white sock symbolizes the many diabetes patients with late-stage PAD who have had an amputation or risk amputation due to delayed treatment.
How to Participate:
- Wear one white sock on one leg
- Take a photo or video of yourself or with other clinicians wearing one sock
- Use the #DocsInSocks to spread the word by sharing your photo or video on your social media channels
- Tag other people in your post and challenge them to get involved in the campaign by posting their own white sock photo and sharing the message of PAD, for example:
- I took the #DocsInSocks Challenge to raise awareness of PAD in people with diabetes. I challenge @XXXXX to join the cause!
- I took the #DocsInSocks Challenge during diabetes month to raise awareness of #PAD. Wear a sock, post a pic & challenge others to join!
Remember, the more we all post and share, the more people we will reach and the more legs and lives we will potentially save.
Checking for Signs of PAD
As part of the campaign, we also encourage all physicians involved in the PAD care pathway to look for signs of PAD in their high-risk patients, and to refer them earlier to prevent the devastating consequences of PAD if left untreated – such as heart attack, stroke, amputation and early death.
Patients with leg pain can also advocate for their own leg health by checking their feet for signs of PAD, and to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and care. Answer these questions and take your responses to your primary care physician to discuss your risk of PAD.
The White Sock Campaign was created by the Save A Leg, Save A Life (SALSAL) Foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of PAD, diabetes, and the prevention of amputation. The SALSAL has developed a pin with a sock on just one end of the ribbon. This is to promote solidarity with our amputees. It also signifies the many wound care patients that often can wear only one shoe, while the foot may be wrapped with a dressing. Many times, a sock is the only outer garment that will fit over the bulky dressings.