Recognizing Signs of PAD
Don’t you hate it when you need to call the plumber to fix a clogged drain? Washing out your oily cooking pans can coat the insides of your drainpipes with grease, and bits of food stick to them and turn into a mucky sludge that can really slow down the action. Did you know the same thing can happen in your arteries? Plaque builds up on the artery walls and leads to poor circulation in feet and legs—a condition known as peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Knowing the signs of PAD can help you catch it early and start treatment right away to keep it from getting worse. Here are the most common symptoms:
- Pain in your calf, thigh, or hip muscles when you are moving around—called intermittent claudication.
- One leg or foot feels colder than the other.
- Your legs feel weak or numb.
- The skin on your legs seems a different color or shiny.
- Less hair is growing on your legs or toes, and your toenails may grow slower, too.
- When you get a sore on your feet or legs, it takes a long time to heal.
There are ways we can treat the problem once it is diagnosed. Many of them involve changing your lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, watching what you eat, and exercising more. Yes, we know it hurts when you move, but if you start slowly, you’ll gradually be able to walk longer distances without pain. If lifestyle changes aren’t enough to begin clearing out your arteries, medications are available to help.
Risk factors for developing PAD include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, and aging. If these are a factor for you, and you notice any of the above symptoms, don’t delay. Call Dallas Podiatry Works and we’ll work to reduce your pain and get your circulatory system flowing better again. Our offices in Dallas and Plano serve the entire Metroplex area and can be reached by dialing (972) 566-7474 or (972) 943-3323, or through our toll free number (888) 716-5283. You can also request an appointment online.
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