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Due February 18, 2023

Red Sock Challenge: NATIONAL RED SOCK DAY


Wear your red socks on National Red Sock Day to help save a life and limb! Did you know leg health can indicate risk for heart attack, stroke, and amputation? One in five adults over the age of 60 have a condition called Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.), and many don’t even know they have it. National Red Sock Day on the Third Saturday in February raises awareness about P.A.D., its risk factors, and what you can do.


Some lay the crown and sash at their feet and that is fine. Red should be the main color but, socks may have design and other colors. Get creative and tell us why Red Sock Day is so Important.


P.A.D. is caused by plaque build-up in the peripheral arteries, mainly the arteries in the legs. It is the most debilitating disease many people have never heard of, and yet, it is responsible for nearly 200,000 amputations annually. More than half of those amputations are preventable with early diagnosis and treatment.

P.A.D. Symptoms

  • Leg pain

  • Leg cramps

  • Neuropathy

  • Tingling

  • Numbness

  • Non-healing foot ulcers

Additionally, 3 in 5 heart attack sufferers have P.A.D. This is why National Red Sock Day takes place in February, which is also American Heart Month.

P.A.D. Risk Factors

  • Diabetes

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • High blood pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Smoking

  • Obesity

  • Hereditary

Diabetics are one of the highest risk groups with cases rising fast. More than half of American adults have Pre/Diabetes, and the most prevalent complication is vascular. In fact, 1 in 3 diabetics over 50 have P.A.D. However, the most horrifying aspect of this disease is that most people don’t know they have it until it reaches its advanced stages. P.A.D. can lead to heart attack, stroke, and amputation. Diagnosis and appropriate treatment in early stages can help keep life and a limb healthy longer. Diagnosis involves checking leg pulses in patients over age 50.

National Red Sock Day aims to raise awareness and encourage a candid conversation between patients and their physicians to test sooner for P.A.D.


Get Creative: Do not be afraid grab a group and get this one the idea is to raise awareness.



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