Amputee Coalition and SALSAL Join Forces to Prevent Amputations

The Amputee Coalition and the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation will team up aim to conduct 100,000 foot examinations in April as part of Limb Loss Awareness Month.

Recognized each April, Limb Loss Awareness Month provides the Amputee Coalition and its supporters to take action and educate Americans about the risk of amputations.  In 2012, the organization will focus on reaching people with diabetes, the leading cause of limb loss in America.

“We’re thrilled at the prospect of working with SALSAL,” said campaign spokesperson Joseph LaMountain.  Founded in October of 2005 founded by podiatrist Dr. Desmond Bell and nurse De Anna Bell, the group aims to reduce amputations among people with diabetes.

“SALSAL has more than 50 chapters across the country.  Our goal is to connect our members with a local SALSAL chapter to organize a foot care clinic in April,” LaMountain said.  “By getting someone the medical attention they need, we can prevent someone from undergoing a life-changing amputation.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is a leading cause of lower extremity amputations in America.  While the rate of diabetes amputations in older diabetics has fallen since the 1990s, the explosion in new cases of diabetes – nearly 1 in 10 American adults has it – requires continued vigilance.

To get involved, please contact the Amputee Coalition at 888-267-5669.

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