Join #DocsInSocks for PAD Awareness Month
This September, during PAD Awareness Month, 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 PAD and early detection through one simple tool: a white sock.
The white sock symbolizes the many patients with late-stage PAD who have had an amputation due to delayed treatment.
As part of the White Sock Campaign, we’re encouraging physicians to look for signs of PAD in their high-risk patients, and to refer them earlier for vascular testing. We also encourage patients with leg pain to check their feet for signs of PAD, and to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and care.
Join us to help spread the message about PAD through 3 simple steps:
- Wear one white sock on one leg
- Take a picture of yourself or with other clinicians and staff wearing one sock
- Post the picture on Twitter and other social media channels using the hashtag #DocsInSocks OR #WhiteSockCampaign
Remember, the more we all post and share, the more people we will reach and the more legs and lives we will potentially save.
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 are able to 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.