All the Need-To-Know Info About Peripheral Artery Disease


Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory condition that affects millions of people worldwide, yet it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. To better understand this commonly misunderstood ailment, Syracuse Podiatry has outlined some important facts below so patients can be aware and proactive if they feel PAD may be the culprit of their symptoms.

Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD):

  1. PAD is a vascular condition characterized by the narrowing or blockage of arteries outside of the heart, commonly affecting the lower extremities.
  2. The condition reduces blood flow to the legs and feet, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, slow-healing wounds, cold feet, and even hair loss on the legs and feet.

Diagnosis and Evaluation:

  1. PAD is diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests, such as Doppler ultrasound and angiography.
  2. Comprehensive evaluation of foot pulses, skin color, temperature, and wound healing is essential for accurate diagnosis and assessment of PAD severity.

Treatment and Management Options:

  1. Treatment for PAD aims to alleviate symptoms, improve blood flow, and reduce the risk of complications.
  2. Lifestyle modifications, such as not smoking, partaking in regular exercise, and making healthy diet choices, can help manage PAD symptoms.
  3. Medications that improve circulation may be prescribed to manage PAD and reduce cardiovascular risk.
  4. In advanced cases, minimally invasive procedures may be necessary to restore blood flow to the affected limbs.

Importance of Early Detection and Intervention:

  1. Early detection and intervention are crucial for preventing the progression of PAD and reducing the risk of complications, such as amputation.
  2. Individuals at risk for PAD, including those with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a history of smoking, should undergo regular screening and monitoring.
  3. By recognizing the signs and symptoms of PAD and seeking prompt medical attention, individuals can receive timely treatment and improve their overall vascular health.

Don’t let PAD go unnoticed—empower yourself with knowledge and take control of your vascular health. If you suspect that you may be suffering from PAD,  Syracuse Podiatry is your best bet for top-tier foot-related care and knowledgeable podiatrists! Contact us today so Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and Dr. Nicholas Cronin can help your feet feel their best.

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