On a regular basis in our practice, myself, and the other 2 physicians encounter lower extremity vascular insufficiency (problems with the circulation).
We see people with chronic swelling of the legs/and or feet, wounds of the legs and feet, cold feet, muscle cramps at rest or during walking, discoloration and ulcerations.
Another problem can be absent pulses on the feet (yes, you can feel your pulses in your feet and ankles:))
How Can Peripheral Artery Disease Be Prevented?
Taking action to control your risk factors can help prevent or delay peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) and its complications. Know your family history of health problems related to P.A.D. If you or someone in your family has the disease, be sure to tell your doctor. Controlling risk factors includes the following.
- Be physically active.
- Be screened for P.A.D. A simple office test, called an ankle-brachial index or ABI, can help determine whether you have P.A.D. (This test is available in any of our clinics)
- Follow heart-healthy eating.
- If you smoke, quit. Talk with your doctor about programs and products that can help you quit smoking.
- If you’re overweight or obese, work with your doctor to create a reasonable weight-loss plan.
The lifestyle changes described above can reduce your risk of developing P.A.D. These changes also can help prevent and control conditions that can be associated with P.A.D., such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and stroke.
In our offices we have a full vascular lab that can evaluate your vascular system to see if there are any problems such as blockages, decreased blood flow or even if there is no blood flow. This test can be done in the office for most people and is painless. We also work very closely with vascular physicians who can see our patients in Kirkland or Everett offices and help if there is any problem with your vascular system in your legs.
For Treatment Contact Our Foot Experts at One of Our Kirkland, Everett OR Renton Locations.
Taking care of your feet is important to your overall health. Be sure to see a podiatrist at the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton. Call (425) 678-3877 or visit our contact page to get in touch.