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Dr. Gregory M. Jansyn

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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

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PAD is short for Peripheral Arterial Disease.  This condition occurs when arteries in the legs and feet become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits called plaque.  Blood flow slowly decrease over time. In the early stages , most people with PAD have no symptoms. Only one in four people with PAD have symptoms.  The symptoms that may develop with PAD are cramping,  tiredness or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks that ocurrs when walking or climbing stairs and goes away with rest. Such discomfort is called claudication. Other symptoms may include foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep.  Many people mistake symptoms of claudication for arthritis or simply old age.  If you are at risk for PAD or  feel symptoms such as muscle cramping, muscle tiredness, muscle aching or foot and toe pain you should be examined for PAD.
You are at risk for PAD if you are over 50 years of age and have one or more of the following conditions.

• Have Diabetes

• Smoke or used to smoke

• Have High blood pressure (hypertension) or are being treated for High blood pressure

• High cholesterol levels or are being treated for High cholesterol

• Have a history of Heart disease, Heart attack or Stroke

• Have a family history of PAD, Heart attack or Stroke

Approximately  eight million people in the United States have PAD. Many of these people don’t know they have it.  PAD can easily be diagnosed and if present can be in most cases easily treated with medication and lifestyle changes.  Left untreated PAD can lead to more serious problems including heart attack and stroke as well as slow healing of wounds, development of sores or ulcerations on the feet and legs, gangrene, and amputation.   At Suburban Podiatry Associates, we provide in office PAD testing utilizing the PADnet System. This non-invasive test is performed in the office and takes only 20 minutes to perform. The test is painless and reliable.   Call our office  today at 630-893-3668 to schedule an appointment  for a  PAD  consultation and exam.