Reaching Out To The Public To Save A Leg, Save A Life

Warren S. Joseph DPM FIDSA

On July 15, I had the pleasure of participating in a radio interview on WOKV in Jacksonville, Fla., the largest talk radio station in northern Florida. Here is the link to the audiostream: .

Desmond Bell, DPM, hosted the show. Des, a former student of mine “done good,” is the Executive Director of the Save a Leg, Save a Life Foundation or SALSAL ( ). From its modest beginnings as a way for Des and his wife De Anna, a nurse practitioner and wound specialist, to get local providers in the Jacksonville area up to speed in the area of wound care, SALSAL has grown into a nationwide organization with at least 30 local chapters spread throughout the U.S.

As I mention in the interview, the scope of the organization did not really hit me until I was giving a dinner lecture to the local chapter in Seattle a few months back and over 70 healthcare providers of all specialties attended. I have seen this organization grow from its first small meeting in Jacksonville, where I don’t think there were even 70 attendees, to a significant national “player” in the area of limb salvage. Congrats to Des and De Anna.

In the interview, which was part of the weekly hour-long show Des now hosts, we discussed why diabetic feet become infected, what patients should look for when examining their feet, my thoughts on routinely soaking and the problems with methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) and antibiotic resistance.

Although my comments were directed to a “lay” audience, I felt that readers of this site might be interested in the discussion we had. I really feel this sort of outreach to the general public can only be helpful in promoting the message of proper foot care in patients with diabetes and driving patients to their healthcare provider before it becomes too late to save a leg, save a life.

Editor’s note: This blog was originally published at and has been adapted with permission from Warren Joseph, DPM, FIDSA, and Data Trace Publishing Company. For more information about the Handbook of Lower Extremity Infections, visit

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