Give me your tired soles yearning to breathe free…

Greetings from NYC and Liberty Island. I am here with my daughter Alexandria en route to the 10 year anniversary of the Almelo Diabetic Foot Symposium hosted by my friend and colleague Sjef van Baal. As Alexandria and I toured the museum around Lady Liberty, we both sat transfixed by the intricate sculpting around her feet. 

For those of you that have been to the Statue of Liberty, you might remember that her feet lie on top of broken chains. Perhaps these were symbols of emancipation, as the initial (verbal) gift from France was made in 1865. I can’t help but think of what this can portend today– not only with our new administration, but also, in a small sense, for this field. With publications over the past couple of years, I think we can finally point to real advances in amputation prevention. Perhaps we can now point toward our own little emancipation proclamation. 
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