The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) kicked off November’s Diabetes Awareness Month with its first Annual “Sock It to Me – Holiday Sock Drive” – November 1 through December 1, 2022.

SACRAMENTO, CA, November 21, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — “Socks are the #1 clothing item requested by homeless shelters for those experiencing homelessness,” says Dr. Renee Woo, a podiatric foot and ankle specialist practicing in San Leandro, CA. “However, though socks are the most requested clothing item, they are the least donated. Clean, dry socks play an important role in helping protect feet and in good foot hygiene and health. One of the main reasons someone who is homeless goes to the emergency room is because of a foot ailment. One of the best, simplest, and most cost-effective ways to prevent these expensive ER visits is to wear clean, dry socks regularly,” Dr. Woo said.

“The aim of CPMA’s Sock It to Me – Holiday Sock Drive is to put NEW socks on the feet of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness and/or are in need. New, clean, fresh socks can help protect feet from getting cold, wet, and developing blisters, fungal growth, or bacterial infections, which can lead to far worse medical consequences. This is especially for those with diabetes,” said California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) President Dr. Holly Spohn-Gross, a podiatric foot and ankle specialist practicing in Lake Isabella, CA.

“Diabetes is a systemic disease, whose many negative effects include nerve damage and restricted blood flow, especially in the outer extremities like feet, making them susceptible to loss of feeling, and therefore more prone to injury and wounds that take significantly longer to heal, if at all. Simple things like daily foot inspections, clean, dry socks, properly fitting shoes, and seeing a podiatric foot and ankle specialist for foot exams can go a long way in helping to prevent the loss of mobility, amputations, or premature death,” says Dr. Spohn-Gross.

Podiatric foot and ankle specialists are doctors of podiatric medicine (DPM), physicians, and surgeons specially educated and rigorously trained in the care and treatment of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

To find a CPMA Sock It to Me – Holiday Sock Drive donation of new socks location, please go to

The California Podiatric Medical Association – Dedicated to Keeping Californians on Their FEET: Healthy, Active, and Productive!

California Podiatric Medical Association
7311 Greenhaven Drive, Suite 208
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 448-0248/(800) 794-8988

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