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Managing Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, particularly affects people with type 2 diabetes. Peripheral artery disease is often mistaken for normal aging or arthritis, but in fact it is the result of a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries that restricts blood supply to the lower limbs and feet. Leg pain during exercise that persists with rest could signal PAD, necessitating evaluation by a podiatrist. Risk factors such as diabetes, smoking, and high cholesterol significantly contribute to PAD. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist, especially for diabetic individuals, are essential for assessing and managing foot health. One side effect of peripheral artery disease is the inability of wounds to heal properly, putting the patient at risk for foot ulcers. Early detection and intervention is essential, as such open wounds can deteriorate into gangrene and increase risk of limb loss if left untreated. For that reason, symptoms like persistent leg pain or slow-healing wounds require prompt medical attention from a podiatrist. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral artery disease, it is suggested that you add a podiatrist to your team of healthcare professionals.

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 Mohammad R. Parsa, DPM from Madison Foot Clinic. 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 Madison, MS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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