Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), or nerve damage caused by diabetes, is one of the most known causes of neuropathy. DPN can be a common complication that affects the extremities and normally presents itself as a loss of sensation, most often described as numbness and tingling. Symptoms of DPN can also cause debilitating pain which is known as painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy, painful DPN or diabetic nerve pain. these symptoms include but are not limited to: burning, shooting, stabbing, or electric shock sensations.
Unfortunately, patients may not recognize diabetic nerve pain symptoms or know when to have a conversation with their healthcare providers about potential solutions. Therefore, many patients are living with unresolved pain.
Averitas Pharma partnered with the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) and members of the medical and patient community to launch the “Speak for Your Feet” contest. This campaign is aimed to raise awareness for DPN, empower patients to be their own advocates, engage patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers, as well as highlight Averitas’ commitment to the DPN community.
The goal of this contest is to create a memory aid to help bring awareness to diabetic nerve pain, emphasize the importance of identifying symptoms, and taking action in the treatment journey.
How To Create An Entry for the Speak For Your Feet Contest:
- Entries can include a 4-10 letter memory aid/acronym (or mnemonic device) for diabetic nerve pain, where each letter may represent either key symptoms associated with the condition, reminders about related aspects of care, and/or a call to action for patients to speak to a healthcare professional.
- Submissions should focus on symptoms of diabetic nerve pain of the feet as the patient experiences and describes them, as well as important next steps, such as controlling glucose levels, patient self-advocacy, potential solutions and discussing their condition with a healthcare professional.
- To celebrate creativity, the winning entrant will receive a $1,000 VISA gift card or two passes to the American Chronic Pain Association’s 2023 Pain Freedom Conference in Colorado, with up to $1,500 for associated travel and lodging expenses. In addition, three runners up will receive a $100 VISA gift card.
Once an entry is selected, the winning acronym will be used in educational resources and other materials to help people who have diabetes, or may have diabetes, remember, better identify, and seek care for diabetic nerve pain of the feet.
To submit your entries and view official rules, please visit www.nervepainandme.com/contest. Entries must be received by October 1, 2022. The winning entry and three runners up will be announced on or around November 1, 2022. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate, no purchase is necessary to enter, and promotion is void where prohibited or restricted by law.