Peripheral Artery Disease Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

What Causes Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral Artery Disease happens when fattiness or plaque collects along the walls of your arteries, the space that your blood has to flow to your extremities, like your feet, becomes narrower and more limited.

When you are working out or even when you are just walking sometimes your legs will be in great pain or develop ulcers that won’t go away. This is a serious condition that our NYC podiatrists are trained and ready to handle. But before you call Manhattan Footcare, it helps to know a little bit about Peripheral Artery Disease first.

Who is at Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease and What are the Symptoms?

Peripheral Artery Disease typically affects men over the age of 50, but someone else not in this category may be at risk if he or she has Diabetes, Heart Disease, high cholesterol or blood pressure, a history of Kidney Disease or Strokes or if he or she is a smoker.

If you have Peripheral Artery Disease you might notice a lack on hair on your legs or feet or an ulcer that wont bleed but wont go away. Your skin might become pale or have a bluish tint to them and your calf muscles might start to shrink and wither.

Aside from what your feet and legs will look like, when you have Peripheral Artery Disease you will feel pain or cramps at night. The pain can be so intense that even the weight of your clothes or sheets will be too much to bear. Even lifting your leg in the air might be too painful, so you will need to dangle your legs over the side of the bed.

Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

Clearly Peripheral Artery Disease is very uncomfortable and is a serious problem. There are some steps that our NYC podiatrists recommend you take in order to overcome this foot problem.

First and foremost, stop smoking! This is a habit that will shrink the blood flow space of your arteries. Your blood may form clots or will stop carrying oxygen. Secondly, if you ever have Peripheral Artery Disease (or any foot problem), make sure you take care of your feet by wearing properly fitting comfortable shoes and by keeping a watchful eye on any irregular looking patches of skin you notice.

Asprin keeps blood from forming clots, so this is a helpful over the counter drug to take if you have Peripheral Artery Disease. You could also take Cilostazol, which enlarges or dilates the clogged artery. In more severe cases angioplasty is preformed.

If you have Peripheral Artery Disease and want one of our expert NYC podiatrists to examine your foot problem, call Manhattan Footcare today.

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