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IPFH Offers Preventive Foot Health Clinic At “Limb Loss Education Day” In Atlanta

IPFH Offers Preventive Foot Health Clinic At “Limb Loss Education Day” In Atlanta


(Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – Statesville, NC) - The Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH) will offer a preventive foot health clinic at the Amputee Coalition’s “Limb Loss Education Day” at Atlanta’s Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 21st, as part of National Limb Loss Awareness Month.  

The educational session, entitled “The Most Important Foot in the World” (the amputee’s remaining foot) will be presented by IPFH Executive Director Bob Thomspon, CPed, a certified pedorthist.

Other facets will be an adaptive exercise clinic by Carol Miller, PT, PhD, GCS, a talk entitled Limb Loss 101 by amputee and motivational speaker Julie Suttles, and a series of exhibitions aimed at those with foot conditions and those whose feet are at risk.

Additional sponsors of the day are the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund, McKeever’s First Ride, an adaptive clinic, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“More than 60 percent of limb loss can be prevented,” said Terrence Sheehan, MD, IPFH Scientific Advisor and Director of the Amputee Program/Chief Medical Officer at Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland.  “The program in Atlanta and all IPFH activities are centered on the fact that if people take focused care of their feet they can avoid conditions that lead to amputation.”

IPFH, in conjunction with NPD Group, Inc., a global research organization, produced the 2009 National Foot Health Assessment.  It reported that a staggering 88% of adults in the U.S. have experienced foot pain or foot problems serious enough to interfere with their ability to work, exercise and/or enjoy a full, healthy lifestyle. 

Facts About Limb Loss:

  • There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States.
  • Among those living with limb loss, the main causes are vascular disease (54%) – including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease – trauma (45%) and cancer (less than 2%).
  • Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year.
  • In 2009, hospital costs associated with amputation totaled more than $8.3 billion.
  • African‐Americans are up to four times more likely to have an amputation than white Americans.

IPFH recommends that people inspect their feet regularly for lesions, which should be treated; that toenails be trimmed carefully; and that properly fitted shoes and padded socks be worn at all times.  Shoes should be rotated, allowing each pair to dry out between each wearing. (See the IPFH Foot Health Tips)

About IPFH
The Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, education, research and the identification of easy-to-follow methods to prevent, treat and manage painful conditions and diseases affecting the feet.  IPFH was founded by James L. Throneburg, owner of THORLO, Inc., based on knowledge gained from groundbreaking clinical research conducted with novel padded sock designs donated by THORLO.  Both Throneburg and THORLO, Inc. continue to provide financial support for IPFH and to initiate collaborative efforts with the organizations partners: the Amputee Coalition, and the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA).

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