Did you know that September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) awareness month? It is a very common circulatory condition, but many people do not realize that they have the disease. Since so many people suffer from this condition, this month is the perfect opportunity to spread knowledge and awareness about PAD.
What is it?
Peripheral Arterial Disease causes constriction of the arteries that lead to the limbs, especially the legs. This reduces blood flow, which can result in a variety of problems. People with diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and those who smoke are at a higher risk of developing PAD.
What are the warning signs?
- Leg pain (cramping, muscle aches) especially after activity
- Tiredness or numbness in the legs
- Color changes of the skin
- Wounds or ulcers that are slow to heal
- Slow growth of hair and toenails
- Changes in skin texture
- Lowered temperature in the legs
- Sleep disturbance from leg discomfort
If you experience any of these symptoms or suspect PAD, take action now by seeing a foot care specialist who can help accurately diagnose your condition. Ignoring or dismissing these symptoms can lead to elevated risks of heart attack, stroke, gangrene and amputation.
At Your Next Step, we take each patient’s foot and ankle issues very seriously and our team of podiatrists Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen work to ensure healthier and pain-free feet! Our locations in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA serve a large number of patients suffering from all types of conditions including PAD, heel pain, tendon pain, sports injuries, nail fungus, diabetic foot problems, toe deformities and neuromas. Don’t let foot and ankle pain disrupt your daily activities. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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