Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition that affects approximately 12 million Americans. It occurs when blood vessels become narrowed and restrict blood flow. PAD can develop in many areas of the body but is very often first seen in the lower legs and feet. This can lead to Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) which can end in amputation of toes, feet and legs.
At Sowell Podiatry, we treat PAD very seriously. Dr. Sowell has invested in a Sensilase non-invasive vascular study system to help detect patients with PAD as early as possible.
Symptoms of PAD:
– Claudication- Dull cramping pain in hips, thighs or calves during exercise and/or rest.
– Numbness or tingling in the leg, foot or toes.
– Changes in skin temperature, quality or color.
– Weakness in legs or arms.
There have been tremendous advances in the treatment of PAD. When I began practice at Sowell Podiatry many patients with PAD were doomed to amputation. Now with new advances in medications, testing and surgical techniques we are saving limbs that were once lost.
If you think there is any chance you are suffering with PAD, please call and get an appoint as soon as possible. We have many patients who are still walking on limbs that would have been lost without early action.