Understanding Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
When D Magazine decided to tackle the top restaurants in Dallas, they had so many options it was deemed necessary to make a “top 100” list. It goes without saying that the Metroplex has some exceptional choices for dining, but this list really hammers the point home. Of course, when it comes to your health, it’s important to make the right decisions when you are dining out at any of the fine establishments in our community. Doing so is instrumental in ensuring healthy circulation and decreasing your risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Too often, people fail to consider the importance of having healthy circulation for their feet. If you think about it for a second, your lower appendages are the body parts farthest from your heart. That means it takes more effort for the oxygenated blood to make its way down there. It already has a long distance to travel, so it doesn’t need any extra obstacles!
Peripheral arterial disease could be one of those obstacles. It is typically caused by atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaques (fatty deposits) in artery walls. This narrows the vessels, which reduces the blood flow. There are other causes—injury, inflammation, unusual ligament or muscle anatomy—but atherosclerosis is the most common.
There are treatment options available for PAD, but the best course of action is to take measures to prevent it from happening in the first place. This includes making wise lifestyle decisions, including eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercises, and quitting smoking. If you have diabetes, it is especially important to keep your glucose levels in a safe range.
PAD can lead to complications like critical limb ischemia (sores, injuries, and infections that do not heal), strokes, and heart attacks. For this reason, it is important to have a treatment plan in place that is centered on improving circulation in a healthy manner. Here at Dallas Podiatry Works, we can create the plan you need. Schedule your appointment at either our Dallas or Plano, TX offices by calling toll-free at (888) 716-5283 or use our online form today.
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