What is P.A.D.? (Peripheral Arterlal Disease)
Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) is the buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries of the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet.
Who is at risk for P.A.D.?
You may be at risk if you are:
--Over the age of 50
-- with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking
--From a family with a history of vascular disease, heart attack or stroke
What are the signs and symptoms?
--Pain in legs brought on by walking and relieved at rest
--Pain in legs at rest
--A poorly healing wound on lower extremity
--Injury on lower extremity or foot involving blood vessels
--Discoloration of feet or toes
What role does your podiatrist contribute to the detection of P.A.D.?
We examine and treat your foot and ankle conditions exclusively, we have an excellent vantage for early detection of P.A.D. Our role is to aide in early detection of P.A.D. Once you have been identified at risk for P.A.D., we can schedule a simple and painless PADnet screening test in our office.
What is a PADnetTM test?
A PADnet test is a non-invasive diagnostic test that can provide early detection of P.A.D. The test detects blockages in the arteries and the quality of blood flow using pulse volume recordings and segmental blood pressure.
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