The NHRMC Wound Care Clinic is using one white sock to draw attention to their feet. The White Sock Campaign is a national campaign to raise awareness of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the prevention of amputation. PAD is the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the limbs. PAD can happen in any blood vessel but is more common in the legs. PAD affects nearly 20 million Americans. Left untreated, it can make wounds difficult to heal and can lead to amputations.
At the NHRMC Wound Clinic, we provide specialty services for wound patients such as arterial blood flow testing, advanced treatments such as cellular tissue products, advanced wound care dressings, and two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers to ensure wound care patients have access to the most advanced treatments.
Our staff members wear one white sock to raise awareness in our community about PAD and the importance of preventative care and early screening. It is just another way we are leading our patients to outstanding care.
PAD signs and symptoms may include:
- Painful cramping in one or both legs after certain activities such as walking or climbing stairs
- Leg numbness, weakness, tingling/burning sensation
- Feet or legs that are cool to the touch
- Sores on your legs or feet that will not heal
- A change in the color of your legs or feet (pale, red, or blue color)
- Shiny skin on your legs
- Hair loss or slow growth of hair on your legs
- No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
- Leg pain at rest or when you are lying down
Who should be screened annually:
- Anyone age 50 or older
- Anyone under age 50 with a history of diabetes or other risk factors such as obesity, smoker, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or if you have had a heart attack or stroke.
How can you prevent PAD:
- Get the appropriate amount of exercise
- Do not smoke or use tobacco. (If you do, talk with doctor about ways to quit.)
- Control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and manage diabetes appropriately
- Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fat