What is PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease?
PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease is the narrowing of peripheral arteries due to atherosclerosis (plaque buildup on arterial walls) decreasing blood flow to legs, feet, and toes. Left untreated, PAD complications include critical limb ischemia, gangrene, and amputation.
Risk factors that greatly increase the likelihood of developing PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease are increasing age, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and Diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to neuropathy and below the knee amputation. The path to this result goes through PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease. Sadly, many people with diabetes or peripheral neuropathy don’t know about PAD and can often miss or confuse the related signs and symptoms such as numbness or weakness in legs, sores on toes, feet or legs that don’t heal. Discoloration in legs. Painful cramping in legs after walking on an incline or climbing stairs.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs or symptoms, please schedule a consultation at Modern Vascular.
If left untreated, PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease can result in the development of foot ulcers, non-healing sores, and areas of nerve damage that eventually become dead tissue due to restricted blood flow.
Prevention is always the best medicine and it can save your toes, feet, legs, and life. Please don’t ignore PAD; get a comprehensive evaluation regularly.