Feet and Peripheral Artery Disease
How are Your Feet Feeling?
Foot pain is common. Standing too long. Wearing the wrong size shoes. Sports injury. Auto injury. There are multiple catalysts for this type of pain, but one of the more serious ones is a vascular condition called Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). This is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries that extend into your legs and feet. PAD comes with pain and discomfort of various levels in your legs and feet, and can seriously limit your ability to walk and participate in activities. Further, severe PAD can lead to loss of a limb.
How to Combat PAD on Your Own
While it’s never ideal to take your health into your own hands, there are some things you can do to minimize this condition. You can start by eating a healthy diet. Good foods are a natural healing tool, and they can help to regulate blood pressure and prohibit the build-up of cholesterol. Additionally, regular exercise helps. Also, forget smoking cigarettes as well.
How to Combat PAD with a Doctor
This is where we come in. The vascular specialists at Vascular Health Institute have years of experience dealing with PAD. We offer various methods of reducing the discomfort associated with Peripheral Artery Disease. But first, take a look at this list of PAD symptoms to see which you are familiar with:
- Pain or cramping that occurs while walking
- Pain or cramping that occurs while lying down
- Numbness or weakness
- Cold sensation in leg or foot
- Non-healing sores on feet
- Color change on legs or feet
- Loss of hair on the feet and legs
- Changes in toenail color and thickness
Discuss any of those symptoms if you have them with your PAD doctor to determine the best course of action. If you don’t have a physician tending to your condition, please connect with VHI and schedule an appointment to see us.