Have you started having cramping or pain in your calf, legs or feet? Does the skin on your legs and feet look bluish and feels cooler than other parts of your body? Have you noticed hair loss on your legs, feet or toes? These can all be signs of a dangerous condition known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) that we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers want to alert our patients about.
PAD happens when the veins and arteries leading to your feet and legs get clogged with plaque and cholesterol build up causing a restriction of blood flow. If not detected, PAD can lead to stroke or heart attack. Oftentimes PAD detected in your feet and legs may indicate its presence in other parts of your body as well. If you have any of the symptoms above, we urge you to make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Philip M. Watkins, will examine your legs and feet and conduct other tests to determine if you have PAD.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Fortunately, there is much that can be done to lower your risk for PAD. Even if you have a family history of PAD, adhering to the tips below will improve your chances of avoiding this condition.
- Eating a heart healthy diet that limits bad fats and sugars.
- Maintaining an appropriate weight or losing weight if you are overweight or obese.
- Stop smoking. Smoking is known to reduce circulation.
- Exercise regularly and avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Physical activity improves blood flow throughout your body.
- Stay current with treatment for other medical conditions. PAD is associated with diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. If you have any of these medical issues, it’s important to manage them properly and follow your physician’s treatment instructions.
If you believe you have poor circulations or have other concerns about your feet, don’t hesitate to contact us.