820 East Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

East Ocean Podiatry, Dean B Dorfman, DPM, P.A. & Dominick Sansone, DPM

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes plaque to build up inside the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. When you develop PAD, your extremities (usually your legs) do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. In fact, the most common symptom is intermittent leg pain when walking.

Although many people experience no symptoms, the most common symptoms include:

  • Cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared to the other side
  • A change in the color of your legs
  • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
  • Hair loss or slower growth on your feet and legs
  • Slower growth of your toe nails
  • No pulse or weak pulse in your legs or feet
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As peripheral artery disease progresses, you may experience pain while you’re at rest or when lying down. If you have leg pain, numbness or other symptoms, call East Ocean Podiatry to make an appointment. We provide the PAD screening and treatment to help keep your legs healthy for years to come.

PAD Screening

Even if you have no symptoms, you may need to be screened if you are:

  • Over 70
  • Over 50 and have a history of diabetes or smoking
  • Under age 50, but have diabetes or other PAD risk factors, such as obesity or high blood pressure

Peripheral artery screening may include:

  • A physical exam
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI), test that compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm
  • An ultrasound to evaluate blood flow and identify blocked arteries
  • Angiography, which involves an injection of dye into your blood flow through your arteries as it happens.
  • Blood tests to measure your cholesterol, triglycerides and to check for diabetes

 

PAD Treatment

Treatment for PAD has two major goals: the first is to manage your symptoms, and the second is to stop the progression of atherosclerosis to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

In many cases, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, diet, and exercise are enough to reduce your risk. If you smoke, quitting is the most important thing you can do.

If lifestyle changes are not enough, your doctor may prescribe medicine to prevent blood clots, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and control pain and other symptoms. During your appointment, your doctor will discuss which treatment options are right for you.

To schedule your appointment for peripheral artery disease (PAD) screening, please call East Ocean Podiatry, located near Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton, Florida.