Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which blood flow to the lower limbs is inadequate, usually as a result of the arteries narrowing or hardening because of plaque buildup. In its early stages, PAD is often asymptomatic. As it progresses, patients may notice muscle aches and cramps in the lower limbs, difficulty walking, burning or tingling pain, skin discoloration, coolness, hair loss, and poorly healing wounds developing on the feet or ankles. Left undetected and untreated, PAD can progressively worsen and increase one’s risk of having a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke. Screening for PAD can be done right in our office so that we can detect and treat PAD early.
Vascular Testing is Generally Safe, Painless, and Non-invasive
Vascular testing plays an important role in diagnosing conditions like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease or diabetes, consult with us here at Gentle Touch Podiatric Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What is Vascular Testing?
Vascular testing checks how well the blood is circulating in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysm. We utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, we offer a vascular test to be prudent in checking for poor blood circulation.