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How to Tell If You Have Developed Peripheral Artery Disease

Monday, 02 March 2020 00:00

The condition known as Peripheral Artery Disease, or “PAD” for short, is typical among diabetic patients. The risk of getting PAD may also increase with age, as well as for those who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. PAD can affect different parts of the body, the feet being a common area. Symptoms of this condition may include a lack of feeling in the feet, as well as a stinging, burning, or tingling sensation. Some patients have also noticed difficulty walking, discoloration of the affected area, and sores or ulcers. If you believe you are afflicted with this condition it is important that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist as soon as possible. If left untreated, this ailment could worsen and in severe cases, may lead to limb loss. For more information on PAD, and for a proper diagnosis, it is highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist right away.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with one of our podiatrists from Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heel
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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