The foot is connected to the rest of the body, and this could not ring truer with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). The first sign of this condition is most commonly recognized in the foot, ankle, and lower legs.
This circulatory disorder occurs when arteries narrow or have a blockage outside the heart, typically in the legs. This results in insufficient blood flow to the legs and feet. PAD is one of the most common and serious threats to your foot and leg health, especially those with diabetes. But don’t allow yourself to be fooled. PAD can occur in anyone, and as many as 40% of people with PAD will never develop pain or other obvious external symptoms.
What are the warning signs of PAD?
- Leg pain or cramping in your legs (calf, hips, thighs), especially after exercise.
- Cramping in your legs (calf, hips, thighs).
- Numbness or tingling in the lower legs.
- Muscle weakness in legs- particularly during physical activity.
- Slow hair growth or hair loss on the legs.
- Color change in the skin.
- Sores on the toes, feet, or legs that won’t heel.
How is PAD Treated?
PAD requires a variety of tests to be ordered. The first signs of PAD are on a standard X-ray of the foot. Lifestyle changes are in store for those suffering from PAD. This can include quitting smoking, exercising, eating healthy food, and taking medication to manage symptoms and prevent complications. In some cases, angioplasty or bypass surgery may be necessary to restore blood flow to the affected area. A vascular doctor may need to be seen after diagnosis of PAD.
Why choose a Healthmark podiatrist to treat PAD?
Often, your podiatrist will recognize the signs and symptoms of PAD before you do. The condition affects the feet, and our podiatrists are trained to help you with every step you take, including helping detect and prevent conditions such as PAD. At Healthmark, we have a complete testing system for PAD.
With the silent threat of this condition and the extreme threat of a five-year fatality rate with PAD left completely untreated, this is something to be taken seriously.
Are you looking for a peripheral artery disease specialist in Philadelphia?
If you are looking for peripheral artery disease care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.