Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease: Podiatrists as First Responders
 
It is very common that podiatrists are the front line in health-care in identifying signs of vascular disease. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a serious circulatory condition where clogged or narrowed arteries cause poor circulation to the arms, legs, brain or kidneys. It is found most often in the lower extremities leading to decreased blood flow to the legs and feet.
 
 
Eight to twelve million Americans have PAD and, left untreated, PAD is fatal 30% of the time within a five-year period. Delayed diagnosis can cause severe complications if left untreated at onset of the condition. Some main complications include but not limited to higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke, as well as lower extremity amputation and even death. 
 
 
Risk Factors: Being informed about this arterial disease is essential and even more so for patients who are at increased risk. These risk factors include:
  • Patients over the age of 65 with a history of diabetes
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • History of smoking

Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease:

The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs, known as claudication. Typically, this pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again. More advanced disease presents with pain in the above areas at rest.

Other symptoms of PAD include:
  • Leg pain that does not go away when you stop exercising
  • Foot or toe wounds that won't heal or heal very slowly
  • Gangrene, or dead tissue 
  • A marked decrease in the temperature of your lower leg or foot particularly compared to the other leg or to the rest of your body
  • Poor nail growth on the toes
  • Poor hair growth on the legs or feet
However many people with PAD do not experience any symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else entirely. Testing can help determine if you have PAD and whether medical or surgical treatment is necessary.
 

Fortunately, today there is a non-invasive vascular study (click here -  Vascular Testingthat can determine the presence of peripheral arterial disease. By non-invasive it means that the procedure does not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia.Fortunately, today there is a non-invasive technology (click here -  Vascular Testing) that can determine the presence of peripheral arterial disease. By non-invasive it means that the procedure does not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia.

We are proud to announce that Kalmar Family Podiatry now offers this non-invasive vascular study in the office. For more information or to make an appt please call 631-549-0955 or contact us below.


 

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