Learn more about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and how our PADnet® screening can diagnose this for you!
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a circulatory disorder characterized by the narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the limbs, particularly the legs and feet. It occurs due to the buildup of fatty deposits, known as plaque, within the arterial walls, leading to reduced blood flow and oxygen supply to the affected areas. Without adequate circulation, tissues in the legs and feet may suffer from insufficient nourishment, resulting in discomfort, pain, and potential complications.
People with peripheral artery disease may experience various symptoms, which can vary in severity. Common signs and symptoms of PAD include:
Left untreated, PAD can cause more serious complications like ulcers, bleeding, and a life-threatening condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Certain individuals are at a higher risk of developing peripheral artery disease. The following factors contribute to the likelihood of PAD:
During the PAD testing procedure, our skilled podiatrist will utilize advanced screening technologies, including the PADnet® device, to assess the blood flow and circulation in your legs and feet. The PADnet® device is a non-invasive and painless tool that uses blood pressure cuffs and sensors to measure blood pressure and blood flow in different areas of the lower extremities. The test involves the following steps:
The screening process is quick, comfortable, and does not require any needles or invasive procedures.
After the PAD testing, our podiatrist will analyze the results to assess your vascular condition. If peripheral artery disease is detected, our experienced team will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications, medication management, vascular procedures, or referral to a vascular specialist, depending on the severity of the disease. Early detection through PAD testing allows for timely intervention, reducing the risk of complications and improving your overall vascular health.
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