April 2021

Introducing the American Limb Preservation Society

Every 20 seconds, somewhere around the world, someone loses their leg because of diabetes.

A commentary in the March issue of Foot & Ankle Surgery: Techniques, Reports & Cases, a new journal from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, introduced the American Limb Preservation Society (ALPS) with the proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

The new organization’s goal is to eliminate preventable amputations over the next generation via improved collaborative care. The group seeks to serve as an interdisciplinary bridge between patients and specialties in medicine, surgery, nursing, physical therapy, engineering, and science to foster better care of the high-risk lower extremity. The already established DFCon meeting (to be held Oct. 21-23, 2021, both in San Francisco, CA, and virtually) has been adopted as the group’s annual meeting.

Founders who signed the commentary include Ryan T. Crews, Briand D. Lepow, Joseph L. Mills Sr., John S. Steinberg, Stephanie C. Wu, and David G. Armstrong (a member of LER’s Editorial Advisory Board).

They are seeking new members. Learn more at www.limbpreservationsociety.org.

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