Friday, February 13, 2015

Do You Have Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a serious circulatory problem in which blood vessels that carry blood become narrow or clogged.  It affects millions of Americans, most over the age of 50.  People who have PAD have an increased risk of stroke,and heart attack.  Healing is also impaired in people with PAD.  

Warning signs include;
                         1) Discomfort or cramping of legs when walking
                         2) Foot or toe pain that keeps you up at night.
                         3) Pale skin, shiny skin, or hair loss of legs
                         4) Cold feet

If you have any of theses symptoms and you smoke, it is important that you quit.  A podiatrist can help determine if you have PAD.  With the use of a non-invasive Doppler, our office can identify if there is a circulation problem.  Only then can proper treatment be initiated to save life and limb.

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