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Relieving Pain from PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease)


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12/16/2015
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This may be the season to be merry, but pain that comes with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can quickly dampen holiday spirits. You want to be able to enjoy this time of year with family and friends—and stay safe all year round!—so take a look at this medical issue that leads to poor circulation and how to relieve its painful symptoms.

Unfortunately, many cases of PAD do not come with early warning signs. Your first clue may be a symptom called intermittent claudication, which is cramping or muscle pain in your lower limbs that is often triggered by physical activity. Unlike some medical issues, the level of activity does not even have to be particularly intense—claudication can be present from simply walking or climbing stairs.

To relieve pain from peripheral arterial disease, we will often look to measures like medication that can help by lowering cholesterol, reducing blood pressure, controlling blood sugar levels, and preventing blood clots. There are also symptom-relief medications to specifically address claudication. The hope will always be that these conservative treatments are sufficient, but surgical procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery are sometimes used to address the PAD that causes the painful symptoms.

Healthy LifestyleTreatment for PAD and intermittent claudication can reduce symptoms, but the best way to reduce the risk of serious complications is to make lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, engaging in physical activity on a regular basis, and eating a healthy diet that consists of whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. We can help by providing specific recommendations that will work best for you.

If you are experiencing pain that sounds as though it could be intermittent claudication, make sure to schedule your appointment with Dallas Podiatry Works so we can diagnose the problem for you. It is important to be sure if PAD is to blame, since this condition can indicate the potential for severe medical emergencies like heart attacks and strokes.

Whether you are concerned about the possibility of having PAD or are affected by another issue in your feet or ankles, we are here to help. Contact us by calling toll-free at (888) 716-5283 or schedule your appointment at either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices online today.

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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