David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) joined a standing room only crowd at the Te Papa National Museum in Wellington, New Zealand for this year's New Zealand Podiatry Symposium. His workshops and keynote focused on techniques for limb salvage and the ever increasing role of podiatry on that team. "I think the data supporting the role of podiatric medical and surgical care in people with diabetes is finally marrying with the enthusiasm that many have shown for it over the past generation." noted Dr. Armstrong.
"We see now that care by podiatrists as part of the team can reduce amputation risk by up to two thirds. These data are now consistent in nationwide studies as well as those in individual centers of excellence. This is truly an exciting time to be working in this area, as we're seeing the hard work that came before by so many people pay off for the patients we serve." Armstrong also highlighted the historic dual issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, released today online and in print as an example of unprecedented team efforts.