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Peripheral Artery Disease Specialist

Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, IL

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.

Peripheral Artery Disease Q & A

What is peripheral artery disease?

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.

What causes peripheral artery disease?

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:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Less common causes of PAD include injury to your limbs, radiation exposure, or inflammation of your blood vessels.

How do I know I have peripheral artery disease?

Many people with PAD don’t have noticeable symptoms. If you do experience symptoms of PAD, they may include:

  • Leg pain or cramping
  • Leg tiredness when walking
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Foot or toe pain at rest
  • Wounds or sores that don’t heal

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.

When should I see a podiatrist for peripheral artery disease?

It’s important to call Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as you notice leg pain, especially if you are:

  • Over age 65
  • Over age 50 with a history of smoking or diabetes
  • Under age 50, but have PAD risk factors, such as diabetes

Early detection of PAD can slow the progression of the disease and prevent serious complications, such as amputation.  

How is peripheral artery disease diagnosed and treated?

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:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Lowering your cholesterol
  • Taking blood-thinning medications

To learn more about protecting your feet and legs from PAD, call Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.

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