What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is one aspect of your vascular health that is caused by atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the walls of the peripheral arteries. This process narrows or blocks arteries in your extremities reducing blood flow. PAD increases a patient’s risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, and lower limb tissue injuries. If untreated PAD can diminish a patient’s ability to participate in daily activities.
Signs and Symptoms
- Pain in legs or feet at rest
- Uncomfortable aching, fatigue, tingling, cramping or pain in your hip, thigh, buttocks, calves, or feet during walking and exercise
- Pale, discolored or bluish feet at any time during the day
- Cold feet or legs
- Infection, skin wound, or ulcer that is slow to heal
It is reported that 75% of patients with PAD are asymptomatic.
The Bottom Line
Understanding and managing your vascular health can help lower risk factors for conditions like PAD, and in some cases, regular screening can catch problems before they spiral out of control. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule your Smart ABI test, feel free to get in touch with us here at Lakes Foot and Ankle today. We are happy to help you manage your health needs.
Give us a call today at (248) 360-3888, or contact our office online to request an appointment.