The third Saturday in February (February 19, 2022) is designated as annual “Red Sock Day” recognizing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
For everyone who has PAD, knows someone with PAD, or treats patients with PAD, this is big news. TheWaytoMyHeart.org, a national non-profit Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) patient advocacy group out of California, announced that February 19, 2022, will be the first annual national “Red Sock Day” building awareness for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), its patients, and treatment.
Kym McNicholas, who heads TheWaytoMyHeart.org explains the importance of the day’s designation. “We are using this day as a way to build awareness of PAD and encourage patients to take their socks off when they visit the doctor. Just taking two fingers and two seconds to check the foot pulses of a patient over 50 can make a huge difference in the early diagnosis and treatment of PAD and related life-threatening diseases.”
Modern Vascular will be recognizing the day in a big way with over 300 employees wearing red socks in the clinic the Thursday before and creating a social media presence celebrating the day on the 19th. Yury Gampel, CEO of Modern Vascular explains his passion for the project, “The secret is in the collaboration. On Red Sock Day every PAD treatment facility puts aside its own practice and focuses on awareness, diagnosis, and access to care for patients. Modern Vascular’s mission is to eliminate unnecessary amputations due to PAD, so definitely wanted to take a leading role in this initiative.”
On February 19, we are encouraging everyone to pull out their red socks in solidarity. Any red sock can be a show of support. Thewaytomyheart.org is asking folks to post photos online with the hashtag #nationalredsockday. For more details, visit the official National Red Sock Day webpage.