Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is one of the leading causes of foot and leg amputations in the United States. The skilled team of podiatrists at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago offers specialized foot care for people with PAD. To learn how you can protect your feet while living with PAD, call or book an appointment online today.
Also called peripheral arterial disease, PAD is a common circulation problem that involves reduced blood flow to your limbs. Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart and to other parts of your body.
PAD most commonly affects the arteries in your legs and feet. When your arteries become blocked or narrowed, the tissues in your legs and feet don’t get enough blood.
PAD occurs when fatty deposits or plaque build up inside your arteries and cause them to harden or narrow. This condition is called atherosclerosis.
Certain factors may increase your risk of atherosclerosis, such as:
Less common causes of PAD include injury to your limbs, radiation exposure, or inflammation of your blood vessels.
Many people with PAD don’t have noticeable symptoms. If you do experience symptoms of PAD, they may include:
Over time, foot and leg pain may worsen to the point of disturbing your sleep. Hanging your legs off the side of your bed or walking around may relieve the pain temporarily.
It’s important to call Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as you notice leg pain, especially if you are:
Early detection of PAD can slow the progression of the disease and prevent serious complications, such as amputation.
The team at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists can diagnose PAD with a simple test that compares the blood pressure in your ankles to the blood pressure in your arm.
Then, they recommend lifestyle changes and medications to treat your PAD, including:
To learn more about protecting your feet and legs from PAD, call Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.