Caption (L-R): George Andros, David G. Armstrong, Warren S. Joseph, Joseph L. Mills, Richard Neville at the Society for Vascular Surgery Symposium on the Diabetic Foot
DENVER/ It was a standing room only symposium at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) meeting to hear about a topic that most people don’t think much about: feet. “The feet have been neglected for so long, it is wonderful that we’re now paying them some attention”, noted George Andros, MD, world renowned vascular surgeon and Chair of the morning’s program. “In diabetes, the foot is often the difference between life and death, as it’s the most common problem leading to wounds, gangrene and amputation.” The program brought together two disciplines that are very complementary– but had traditionally not worked closely together. “Podiatry and Vascular Surgery are natural partners in preventing amputations and saving feet.”, according to Warren S. Joseph, DPM, Editor or the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. “Dr. Armstrong coined the term ‘toe and flow’. We’re now seeing some of the world class units, such as Armstrong and Mills’ SALSA program at University of Arizona and Drs. Neville, Steinberg and Attinger’s program in Georgetown really take the lead in showing us how a seamless operation can make a difference.” “It is very exciting”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). “This field is becoming an overnight success in 25 years.” The program, which included speakers from podiatry, vascular surgery, diabetology, and plastic surgery, was the highest attended program of its kind in the history of the SVS, which concludes its overall program this weekend at the Colorado Convention Center.