Do you feel heaviness, aching or cramping in your feet, legs or buttocks when you walk or climb up stairs?
If so, you may be suffering from peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a common, but serious condition. The good news is that PAD is highly treatable. And the surgeons and vein specialists at Valley Baptist are here to help.
What Is PAD?
PAD is usually caused by atherosclerosis, a condition where fatty deposits build up in the arteries and eventually block blood flow. This is what causes cramping and pain.
Atherosclerosis can be caused by a number of factors, including age, family history, high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke or diabetes.
Many people confuse PAD with arthritis, because some of the symptoms of peripheral artery disease, including feelings of achiness, are similar. But while arthritis pain centers in the joints, such as the knees or hips, PAD pain is more general and felt in more areas of the body.
Some common signs of PAD include:
Pale or bluish skin when your leg is elevated
Dark red feet when you are standing or sitting
Foot hair and toenails stop growing
Sores on your toes, feet or legs are slow to heal, or don’t heal at all
There are several ways to treat PAD, your doctor can discuss the treatments that are right for you. Treatment options may include medication, angioplasty, surgery or lifestyle changes.
If you’re suffering from PAD, or believe you may be at risk, please follow up with your physician.
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