Leg pain, numbness, weakness, cold legs or feet, unnatural sores that don’t heal, changes in coloration, loss of hair, change in toenail color or thickness are all signs of a much deeper rooted issue.
Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, will show these symptoms in the legs. However, it is a vascular disease that culminates in restricted blood flow to the legs as a result of clogged arteries. This low blood flow will not only lead to these symptoms, but it is also a sign of what could be a much larger, full-body blood or heart condition.
Blood is our lifeline. It supplies all of the vital nutrients our bodies require to function. Patients experiencing a compromised flow of blood to the legs run the risk of their lower bodies shutting down. This is especially the case if patients suffer from a blood flow issue such as diabetes.
Risk Factors For PAD
Noticing one or a even a few of these symptoms will not guarantee a PAD diagnosis. However, certain patients should take these symptoms more seriously if they have any of these risk factors:
- Patients over the age of 50
- Those who smoke regularly
- Patients suffering from diabetes
- People with high blood pressure
- Anyone with high cholesterol levels
- Those with a history of PAD or other blood or heart conditions
- Patients with a sedentary lifestyle
Diagnosing Peripheral Arterial Disease
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are at a higher risk of PAD, go to your local podiatrists in Dallas for a professional opinion. Your local Dallas podiatrist will perform a physical examination of your lower half to test your pulse, skin condition and check your feet for any irregularities. If you present with signs of PAD, the podiatrist will then perform an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test to compare the blood pressure of your arm against the blood pressure in your ankle to check for an inconsistency. Your podiatrist in Dallas will refer you to another specialist for a blood test to receive a complete PAD diagnoses.
Dallas Podiatrist Methods For Treatment
Treating Peripheral Arterial Disease is imperative to prevent worsening symptoms and potential spread of artery blockades.
Blocked arteries are nearly always as a result of high cholesterol leading to the buildup of plaque on the walls of our arteries which can restrict blood flow or potentially lead to the release of a severe blood clot. As the cause of PAD is almost exclusively lifestyle related, that is the first point that your Dallas foot specialist will address. You will be given clear guidance to improve your habits that can lead to the buildup of plaque or cause high blood pressure and may be given medication to propel this process further. From there, if it is a serious case of PAD, your physician may implement one of two types of surgical relief for insufficient blood flow (small incision endovascular or open bypass surgery).
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PAD or any other foot irregularities, contact Infinity Foot and Ankle for a friendly conversation to address your medical concerns and discuss the best possible treatment options for your specific situation.