Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: April, 2010

Our office is pleased to announce that we have partnered with BioMedix and are now conducting PADnet (Peripheral Arterial Disease) exams.
People have P.A.D. when the arteries in their lower extremities become narrowed or clogged with cholesterol or plaque. This buildup causes the arteries to harden and narrow. This is called atherosclerosis. When this occurs, the blood flow to the legs and feet are reduced resulting in "poor circulation". PADnet detects blockages in arteries and the quality of blood flow using Pulse Volume Recordings (PVR's) and segmental blood pressure measurements and results are usually received within 3-4 days after the study is completed.
People over the age of 50 have a higher risk of getting P.A.D. but you are also at increased risk if you:
- Smoke or used to smoke
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have abnormal blood cholesterol levels
- Are of African American ethnicity
- Have had heart disease, a heart attack or stroke
- Have a family history of P.A.D., heart attack or stroke
Signs and symptoms include:
- Leg pain brought on by walking and relived with rest
- Leg pain due to poor circulation
- A poorly healing wound on a lower extremity
- Injury to lower limb or foot involving blood vessels
- Discoloration of toes and or feet
REMEMBER: finding and treating P.A.D. early can help keep your legs healthy, lower your risk for heart attack or stroke, and can save your life and limbs.

CALL OUR OFFICE TO SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM TODAY!