SALSAisms: THE LIST

On our SALSA toe and flow service, we often operate in close quarters. This
has led to many appellations for and colloquialisms used by various team members. Here is a partial (and running) list:


  1. A Toliloquy: “Toe be or not Toe be”  
  2. InToelectual: One prone to deep thinking on matters of the sole
  3. Toe Stopper: A particularly engaging podiatric lecture (see “showstopper”)
  4. Hal-Lex Luthor and Clark Stent: The constant verbal battle between Armstrong and Mills in clinic. 
  5. Toestra Knowstra: The body of knowledge contained within the diabetic foot “family”. 
  6. PUSterity: doing an emergency incision and drainage for pusterity’s sake because it’s the right thing to do. 
  7. FeTOEccini al dedo: 1/4 inch gauze packing
  8. Intoedependence: One word describing the synergistic nature of toe and flow
  9. Sphere of toefluence: A “toe and flow” team’s impact on a hospital, region or nation.
  10. TOEken appearance: making an unscheduled visit to clinic
  11. EnTOErage: a particularly large toe and flow team conducting ward rounds.
  12. Out on a limb: A bold, sometimes quixotic prediction for healing
  13. Count Vascula: A characteristically imperious (if not anonymous) Vascular Surgeon.
  14. TOElemetry: Remote monitoring of foot complications
  15. Faux pod: One’s non-podiatric clinical partner masquerading as a toe doctor (Fun alternative: Toe Pas).
  16. ToeFU: Much like SNAFU, but for a foot.
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  17. Toeverflow: The resultant swelling and inundation of podiatric patients on a Toe/Flow service secondary to referral from local, frequently rural emergency departments.
  18. The Limb Reaper: A disparaging definition of diabetes and its end stage complications.
  19. ArisTOEcratic: of, or belonging to, a family or lineage of clinicians taking care of feet (see TOEbless Olbige)
  20. Well Heeled: Successful epithelialization after a partial calcanectomy.
  21. WD40 = Wound Dialysis at 40ml/hr.
  22. STENTorian: a particularly vocal endovascular enthusiast.
  23. Fuss und Fluss: Toe and Flow in German
  24. PhoToegenic: a particularly aesthetically pleasing foot photograph.
  25. Hot ToeMolly: an emergency SALSA vascular lab consultation by SALSA vascular tech Molly Castrillo
  26. LepowSuction: Drainage of infection by the eponymous SALSA fellow
  27. Podagogue- pedantic generalizations and teachings made about ampuatation prevention and wound healing. This is the root of podagogy (noun).
  28. InTOEgration: living an interdisciplinary toe and flow lifestyle
  29. Digital Remaster: A particularly complex foot reconstruction
  30. ApopTOEsis: programmed toe death
  31. In Extensus Dedo: A dangerously prominent digit, prone to shoe gear irritation.
  32. Toepiary: a place where surgical irrigation meets surgical landscaping.
  33. Godfather of Sole: An honorific for one’s professional mentor(s)
  34. Un-Met need: Someone who, by virtue of having a neuropathic wound and profound deformity, requires a metatarsal head resection.
  35. Toe & Tell: Getting a proper medical history from a patient with a diabetic foot complication
  36. US PUStal Service: Accepting a diabetic foot patient transfer from another facility.
  37. Toepocalypse: An impending diabetic foot calamity– such as the one that is waiting for us in the operating room when we write this blog.
  38. Vaya con Dedos: A parting wish upon leaving the SALSA clinics or operating room. “Go with Toes” (rather than without)
  39. Carpe Dedos: Sieze the Toe (while this may have come up before, Tim wanted to ensure it made the list).
  40. Hammertosis Fugax: A person with diabetes and blindness who develops a neuropathic wound on a contracted toe. This is not to be mistaken with Amaurosis Fugax, which is blindness due to transient retinal ischemia. The two may coexist, forming a dual fugue kind of scenario
  41. Missle Toe: a penetrating traumatic toe injury in a person with diabetes
  42. Turf Toe: a referral to SALSA without a solid medical rationale
  43. ManifesTOE: An operative report following an amputation prevention procedure (bypass or incision and drainage or graft/flap.
  44. Toemigo/Flowmigo (self explanatory)
  45. FreeToes with SALSA (mantra for limb salvage)
  46. Toebama and Joe the Plumber (nicknames designed to politicize the Toe and Flow team– however, there are no wedge issues in SALSA– just wedge pressures).
  47. Toe and Flowmance (bromance between podiatrist and vascular surgeon)
  48. The Toebel “piece” prize: Award for prevention periodically given for keeping a person intact.
  49. FloJoe (Armstrong’s affectionate nickname for Mills)
  50. Toe Bless Oblige (the obligation to improve foot care)
  51. Podshine
  52. Der DopplerGanger – referring to one’s vascular partner
  53. Sir I-Pod (international podiatrist)
  54. PodCaster
  55. Toe Mechanic
  56. SALSA Bowl (for our laboratories)
  57. Podiatric physician extender (given to our vascular surgical team)
  58. SALSA Relay: handing off a particularly challenging patient between SALSA team members.
  59. Non-life partner: one’s professional SALSA partner
  60. Marooned on the Pedal Peninsula: trying to heal a wound on the foot without sufficient blood flow.
  61. Impaired Toemerular Filtration Rate (TFR): End Stage Renal Disease’s ravages on healing.
  62. MalaPodism: diagnosing a foot problem incorrectly– or as something else.
  63. EuTOEpia: A state of podiatric and vascular bliss.
  64. Podtification: contemplation on a particularly difficult patient.
  65. Podogenic: A particularly impressive foot photograph
  66. Podigraphy: Medical imaging for the feet
  67. The Sole Train: A typically busy Armstrong-Mills tuesday SALSA clinic
  68. Sole searching: a particularly thorough foot examination
  69. Filet of Sole: the proper way to drain an extensive plantar space infection
  70. Plantar fascist: one who lines him or herself against a team approach to limb salvage.
  71. Toereador: one who fights diabetic foot infections
  72. Sourtoe roll: Patients with infections that tend to roll in on Friday afternoon.
  73. Toeligarchy (Flowligarchy)/singular: Toeligarch: The “Toe and Flow” team, run by benign digital despots.
  74. Podiatrust: faith in ones SALSA parter (from George Andros)

There are many more. We will try to update this list periodically. Any suggestions? Send a note to: armstrong@usa.net

6 thoughts on “SALSAisms: THE LIST

  1. Here's a couple more:

    Podi'o'metrics: Appliied biometrics for podiatry.

    Podigraphy: Medical imaging for the feet

    Cheers,
    MB

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