This week, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine center is hosting Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Week and they encourage the public to join them in the White Sock Campaign.
“What this is, in simplified terms, is that your veins contract, so you’re not getting the blood flow that you need. Unfortunately, this does lead to ulcerations,” said Tiffany Crawford, Director at Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center.
“ We spread the awareness of this because it’s something that needs to be noted immediately. This is not something that needs to go on and it kinda be brushed off because then we can get to very complicated issues that are hard to retract from,” she continued.
The white sock symbolizes the many patients with late-stage Peripheral Artery Disease who have had an amputation due to delayed treatment. Approximately 8 - 12 million people in the United States are affected by PAD. People who suffer from PAD, one of the main comorbidities of diabetes, are also at risk for chronic, non-healing wounds of the lower extremities. People who are living with PAD, ESPECIALLY those living with diabetes often do not fully recognize the risk of amputation that comes with the disease.
Through this week of September 14, 2020, the public is encouraged to show their support for patients within our community that PAD is affecting their overall quality of life. To do this, simply rock the white sock, take fun photos with your colleagues and submit photos to Tiffany Crawford, Wound Care Director, at 806-777-7974 or Daniel Moreno, Marketing Coordinator at 432-553-1271. Photos can also be sent by email to Tiffany.Crawford@Steward.Org or Martin.Morenoii@Steward.Org.
The Wound Healing Center is also hosting a donation collection this month of September in order to help patients and the community with items that are easily taken for granted. This can range from socks, toiletries, wound supplies or any new item(s) that you are able or willing to contribute. These items can impact our patients tremendously, especially during these difficult times.