Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP)


Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP)


Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) is a comprehensive program that can dramatically reduce lower extremity amputations in individuals with diabetes mellitus, Hansen’s disease, or any condition that results in loss
of protective sensation in the feet.

The LEAP program consists of the following:

  • The five-step LEAP program
    • Annual foot screening
    • Patient education
    • Daily self inspection of the foot
    • Appropriate footwear selection
    • Management of simple foot problems
  • How to use the LEAP monofilament
  • How to do a self-test foot screening
  • How to do a level one foot screening
  • How to do a level three foot screening
  • Patient education


Health Resources and Services Administration

Funding Sources:

Health Resources and Services Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Release Date: 1992
Original Summary: May 2008
Last Updated: 05/26/08

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