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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and at the November 7, 2012, Las Vegas City Council meeting, the Council recognized the value to the community of the "Lions Hunt for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) Free Foot Screening Program." Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony gave the Council and audience an overview of how the partnership of the Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) Alliance and the Las Vegas Summerlin Lions Club is helping to prevent serious diabetic foot complications and amputations due to DPN. Lawrence M. Rubin, DPM, director of the LEAP Alliance, is about to provide the free DPN foot screening program in collaboration with Lions Clubs throughout the country.
November 14, 2013, World Diabetes Day, marked the first of a series of Comprehensive Diabetes Foot Examination (CDFE) training programs provided by the LEAP Alliance and the Las Vegas Summerlin Lions Club. This training program sponsored by Desert Springs Hospital, shows attendees being observed by trainers while they are performing various aspects of the examination. Fifteen attendees demonstrated proficiency in performing both Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament testing for diabetic peripheral neuropathy and manual pedal pulse examination for peripheral artery disease. These attendees were awarded a certificate of achievement, and may now train other health professionals to perform these tests. Over 80% of foot and leg amputations can be prevented when diabetic patients receive an annual comprehensive foot examination.
LEAP Alliance & Lions Clubs Partnership
A partnership with the Las Vegas Summerlin Lions Club and other Southern Nevada Lions Clubs gives the LEAP Alliance the dedicated service of many Lions Club volunteer “Foot Soldiers” helping to prevent needless amputations.
LEAP Alliance Board of Directors and Summerlin Lions Club Member Arlene Rubin awards “The Golden Foot Award” to Jennifer Mitchell, RPh, pharmacist at Smiths’s Foods and Pharmacy, Las Vegas. Jennifer and other Smith’s Pharmacists help to inform their patients about the free diabetes foot screening program provided by the LEAP Alliance and Lions Clubs partnership.
LEAP Alliance and Summerlin Lions Club podiatrist-member Dr. Denise Tropea shows women the type of shoe NOT to wear when doing all the walking and standing involved in the Holiday Season. Denise was featured on radio and print publicity that stressed the cautions diabetic women should take in preventing shoe irritations that could lead to complications.
Foot screenings are brief foot exams for adult persons with Type 2 Diabetes to identify circulatory problems, diabetic neuropathy, and other conditions that can lead to severe lower extremity complications and amputations.
Foot Screening Program
provided in cooperation with the Nevada Lions Clubs
Lions Hunt for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) Free Foot Screening Program
Las Vegas & Henderson Nevada