All symptomatic patients should see a Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) specialist. However, not every PAD patient will require a procedure. Dr. Kent Hootman, Managing Physician at Modern Vascular of Albuquerque, talks about “Medical Management” of PAD without a clinical intervention.
Your doctor can help you develop a structured walking program either through a physical therapy program or by walking on a treadmill or around your neighborhood. Make sure to speak with our doctor before starting an exercise program.
An example of a structured walking program:
- Warm up with light stretching of your calf and thigh muscles.
- Walk at a pace fast enough that you may have slight discomfort (~5 minutes, if possible).
- After 5 minutes, pause and rest until that discomfort or pain subsides.
- Repeat this routine several times slowly building up your walking time to 30 minutes (minus rest breaks) 3 to 5 times a week.
- Once you hit your goal, keep adding a minute until you reach a total of 50 minutes 3 to 5 times a week.
- Always remember to cool down by slowly walking for 5 minutes followed by light stretching of your calf and thigh muscles.