September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Awareness Month

"If You Think It’s Just Leg Pain…Think Again”

For PAD awareness month, Wounds Canada has joined forces with the American Limb Preservation Society, the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and D-Foot International to create a Limb Preservation Alliance to address the growing concern of this disease which affects millions worldwide. PAD encompasses all non-coronary arterial diseases and often leads to reduced or blocked blood flow to limbs.

Read the press release here.

PAD increases the risk for individuals over 70 or those over 50 with cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or smoking. People with diabetes are notably two to four times more likely to develop PAD.

Symptoms include:

  • Cramps in leg muscles during activities
  • Pain in legs or feet disturbing sleep
  • Slow or poor healing of wounds on toes, feet, or legs
  • Colour changes or lower temperature in one leg
  • Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and leg

What puts me at risk?

  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • History of Vascular Disease,
    Heart Attack or Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • African or Hispanic Descent

The "If You Think It’s Just Leg Pain…Think Again” PAD awareness campaign will provide:

  • Information for clinicians to enhance patient collaboration.
  • Awareness programs targeting Canadians with diabetes and the professional healthcare community.

Key Messages for Public Awareness:

  1. Stay in Step with PAD: Discuss symptoms with your physician
  2. Sock Signals: Stay informed about PAD symptoms
  3. Beyond the Cramps: Decode the signs of PAD
  4. Feet First: Take vigilant steps this PAD Awareness Month
  5. Every Leg Tells a Story: Consult with your healthcare expert for unusual PAD symptoms

Calls to Action

  • Public Reporting of Amputation: Report PAD-related amputations and support awareness
  • Healthcare Professional Awareness/Diagnostic Opportunities: Stay informed and spot PAD before it's too late
  • Research Advocacy: Rally for more PAD research funding
  • Patient Empowerment: Arm yourself with knowledge and navigate your health journey confidently

What can you do for PAD awareness month?

Make a charitable donation to Wounds Canada to help us provide essential support and resources to those affected by PAD.
Your generosity can change lives!