Diagnosing Podiatric Vascular Diseases
Some conditions in the foot and ankle that many believe are signs of aging could be symptoms of a much more serious problem. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition suffered by some 10 million Americans, which can cause excessive complications if treatment is not sought early in the onset of the condition. These complications include an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as amputation and even death. Vascular testing can assist in uncovering this condition so it may be properly treated.
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
PAD is a condition in which blood flow to the arteries of the legs is blocked, leading to insufficient circulation. A number of complications arise with the lack of blood and oxygen to the extremities, and early detection is key to correcting and treating the condition. At Premier Foot and Ankle, our podiatrists use the latest non-invasive technology to diagnose PAD. The PADnet system screens for chronic venous insufficiency and can be crucial to those at high risk for PAD, including diabetics.
Peripheral arterial disease presents as typical issues seen with legs and feet. Those suffering the condition may experience one or more of the following:
- Pain and cramps
- Skin discoloration
Don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of our experienced podiatrists to professionally diagnose and treat your condition.
Vascular uses blood pressure cuffs in conjunction with a computer that will record blood pressure and calculate the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI), as well as provide Pulse Volume Recording (PVR) waveforms. If these tests show abnormal results, peripheral arterial disease can quickly and effectively be diagnosed.
If you are at high risk for PAD (other vascular or heart conditions, diabetes, or high cholesterol), and you are experiencing symptoms that could be connected to the condition, contact our office today to set up an appointment. Ignoring the signs can lead to extreme complications and an inhibited lifestyle.