Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) or “poor circulation” is the restriction of blood flow in the arteries of the leg. The presence of poor blood supply in the legs/ feet is often found in people who already have circulatory problems elsewhere, increasing their risk for heart attack and stroke.
Typically, people with P.A.D. are older (over 50), current or previous smokers, may have Diabetes, high blood pressure, high lipids, sedentary lifestyle and/or a personal family history of circulatory problems.
Signs/symptoms may include pain in the legs made worse with walking, pain with rest or at night, cold and hairless feet/legs, ulcers which do not heal, or gangrene.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
Your doctor will examine your foot and leg for signs of a problem such as the absence of pulses and other skin changes. Noninvasive vascular testing may be recommended and the person may be referred to a vascular specialist. Ulcers may need to be treated on a regular basis until healed.
Treatment often depends on the severity of the disease and presence of any related factors such as open wounds or pain with activities. Treatment is based on lifestyle modification. Surgery may be necessary in more severe cases to improve the blood supply.
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