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Posts for category: Peripheral Arterial Disease

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 18, 2018
Tags: Diabetes   Ingrown Toenail  

Sometimes referred to as “poor circulation,” peripheral arterial disease or PAD is a serious condition that affects your legs and feet (as well as the rest of your body). At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want patients to be informed about this disease and to know the risks. Below are some facts about PAD:

  • PAD occurs when cholesterol and other material (known as plaque) stick to the walls of arteries, narrowing them and thus restricting blood flow (hence “poor circulation”).
  • Lack of circulation greatly slows and impedes the healing process. This means that even cuts, blisters, and minor foot ailments like an ingrown toenail can become a serious health risk. The injuries to the skin don’t heal and infection can easily set in.
  • Although PAD most often affects your legs and feet it can occur in other parts of the body and when blood flow is restricted to vital organs like the brain or heart there can be serious consequences such as stroke or heart attack.
  • PAD can develop on its own, but it is often associated with other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Risk factors for this disease include smoking, high cholesterol, being over age 50, sedentary lifestyle and a personal or family history of PAD.
  • Many patients with PAD have no symptoms when the disease is in its early stages. As arteries become more blocked the following symptoms may occur: leg cramps, numbness or weakness in the legs, change in skin color and loss of hair, legs feel cold, toenails become thickened and/or discolored. Another sign is sores on legs, feet or toes that do not seem to be healing.
  • There are both medical and surgical treatments available for PAD. In many cases, however, lifestyle changes such as improving diet, starting an exercise program and stopping smoking are the first lines of defense.

PAD can be dangerous. If you have any signs described above or if you have one or more of the risk factors for PAD, it’s important to talk to one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah about assessing your potential for developing this condition and what you can do to prevent it. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.