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Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease

There is a condition known as peripheral artery disease, which is abbreviated as PAD. This produces decreased blood flow in the feet and legs, possibly causing injuries to the nerves and tissues. PAD can happen due to a plaque build-up in the arteries, causing them to become narrow. This can affect the blood flow to the legs since there is limited blood flow and oxygen supply. There are existing medical conditions that may lead to PAD, including kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The symptoms that are often associated with PAD can consist of foot pain, a numbing sensation, and sores that are slow in healing. Peripheral artery disease may be controlled by eating properly, resting, and taking proper care of the feet. Additionally, it is beneficial to stop smoking, if it applies, and it is helpful to monitor blood sugar levels. Uncomfortable foot conditions from PAD are treated by a podiatrist, and it is advised that you contact this type of doctor who can provide you with the correct treatment methods.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.


Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.


While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.


Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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