Vascular Testing (PAD)
HOW DOES VASCULAR DISEASE CAUSE PODIATRIC COMPLICATIONS?
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a vascular condition where plaque builds up in the arteries. Plaque is made up of fats, cholesterol, and other fibrous substances in the body. Over time, the buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and prevents blood flow through the body. This can affect the delivery of oxygen to organs and different parts of your body. PAD most often affects the legs and feet, but can affect any part of the body.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PAD?
Blocked blood flow to the legs and feet can not only cause pain and numbness, it also increases the risk of contracting infections. Your body requires oxygen to heal injuries and fight infection. Decreased blood flow means decreased oxygen to the site of an injury. In more severe cases, reduced blood flow can lead to gangrene and even amputation.
If you have Peripheral Artery Disease, you may experience the following intermittent symptoms:
- Pain or cramping when walking or climbing stairs
- Pain, numbness, heaviness, or aching of leg muscles
- Symptoms may also include cramping in the legs, buttocks, thighs, calves, or feet.
- Weak or absent pulse in the feet
- slow-healing wounds on the legs, ankles, or feet
- pale or bluish-colored skin on the calves or feet
- a lower temperature in one leg compared to the other
- reduced hair growth on the legs
- Poor toenail growth
We offer in office testing for Peripheral Artery Disease, completed by Vascular and Interventional Specialists. To schedule your appointment, please call us at 732-739-3230.