Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral vascular disease is also called peripheral arterial disease. What is peripheral vascular disease? It is a condition where the arteries that support your hands and feet narrow and become hardened. This condition can then cause a reduction of blood flow to your extremities. A lack of blood flow can lead to tissue and nerve damage.
Peripheral vascular disease causes a chain reaction of symptoms and complications so it is important to be cautious if you are at risk for this disease. The decreased blood flow can result in decreasing your body’s ability to heal injury in your extremities. The tissue and nerve damage often causes numbness, which leads to more problems if you are unaware of injuries due to lack of feeling. Two of the biggest risk factors for this condition are smoking and diabetes. Other risk factors for peripheral vascular disease include:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Family history
If you are concerned that you might have this condition, schedule an appointment with an experienced Palm Beach Gardens podiatrist, or podiatrist at another location in South Florida, click here to request an appointment online or call us at 561-793-6170 today.
What is Peripheral vascular disease?
Peripheral vascular disease is a circulatory problem where the arteries that supply blood flow to your limbs become narrowed and hardened and less blood flow can get to your limbs. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is also called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In most cases, it is the legs and feet that do not receive enough blood flow. The main cause of this condition is fatty deposits that build up in your artery walls. Inflammation of the blood vessels or injury can also cause peripheral vascular disease.
Symptoms of Peripheral vascular disease
Peripheral vascular disease symptoms can vary from mild or intermittent pain to severe pain that limits your physical activity. Symptoms get worse with the severity of the disease. Some other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease include leg numbness, leg weakness, the affected leg or foot is colder than the rest of the body, pale or bluish color in the leg or foot, slower or no pulse in the legs or feet.
Treatments for Peripheral vascular disease
Treatment for peripheral vascular disease includes managing symptoms and stopping the progression of the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Many of the treatment options are in the hands of you, the patient. You can start to see relief for your symptoms by controlling diet, quitting smoking, and managing diabetes. Medications are also often prescribed. In some cases surgery or a procedure called angioplasty, which opens up the blood vessels, is necessary. Any treatment option you choose should be closely monitored by your doctor.
Diagnosing Peripheral vascular disease
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for peripheral vascular disease treatment? Our doctors’ first priority is to address your concerns and make you feel comfortable. All of our doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be an active part of your treatment plan. Peripheral vascular disease is diagnosed with a physical examination and the doctor might run a variety of different tests to check the blood flow to your legs and feet. You should be prepared to discuss the level of pain, when pain occurs, and how long you have been experiencing discomfort. Your podiatrist will also need to know about any other diagnoses you have, lifestyle, and family history.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and treating peripheral vascular disease. Working closely with our doctors and following instructions, and working to control your symptoms are all important parts of successful treatment. Our doctors will concentrate on relieving your discomfort and getting you back on your feet. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits where you are involved in our plan of care, which includes state of the art innovations in peripheral vascular disease treatment, and prevention of complications.
Don’t live with foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Palm Beach Gardens podiatrists, as well as our foot doctors at our other locations, are very experienced in diagnosing and treating peripheral vascular disease. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment time online.