September is PAD Awareness Month!

September 17, 2014
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September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Awareness month, and Advanced Foot Care Centers wants to do our part in educating our readers and patients about the disease, along with it’s signs and symptoms.

What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

PAD is a condition marked by narrowing of your arteries due to atherosclerotic plaques. It occurs most commonly in the legs, but can also be found in arteries to your head, arms, and stomach. When you have narrowed arteries, there is not enough blood flow getting through to supply the muscles and other tissues that need it.

What are Risk Factors for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol
• Smoking
• Aging
• Obesity

Signs and Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

People with PAD affecting the legs report symptoms including:

• Pain in the legs
• Feelings of heaviness of the legs
• Cramping in the legs
• “Tired” legs
• Walking causes symptoms
• Resting gives relief of the symptoms
• Without treatment: gangrene and amputation

What Should I do if I Have Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

It is very important to have a check up with Dr. Wiles at Advanced Foot Care Centers in Hixson, TN if you believe you are having any signs or symptoms of PAD. At Advanced Foot care we take pride in the fact that we screen every patient during their first visit by having our patients fill out a quick and easy survey to see if they are at risk for having PAD. If one of our podiatrist feels you may be at risk for PAD we can set you up for an easy test at any of our offices with our PADnet machine. Call our office today at (423) 875 – 9211 to schedule your appointment for a thorough lower leg and foot exam, and screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) along with other common foot and ankle problems.
By: Michael Wiles, DPM

Advanced Foot Care Centers
5617 Hwy 153, Suite 102
Hixson, TN 37343

(423) 875 – 9211

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