What PAD Can Do to Your Feet

Foot stepping forwardNow that May has arrived, it’s officially the hot season in the Coachella Valley. As a result we all have to take a few precautions, but those with circulatory problems such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) need to be especially careful—not just for their heart and head, but their feet as well.

Although PAD can lead to a whole host of complications throughout the body, including heart disease and stroke, the feet are especially at risk—they sit as far from the heart as your bloodstream gets. Mild symptoms may include intermittent numbness and pain, particularly during periods of activity or prolonged standing. You may also experience hair loss, coldness, and weakness—but these are far from the only potential problems.

Arguably the most significant consequence of PAD for the feet is the elevated risk of infection. Numbness may prevent you from noticing an injury or scrape, and the reduced oxygen levels impair your body’s healing process. As a result, cuts and sores may just refuse to heal, becoming ulcers and getting infected. Without treatment, this could even lead to tissue death and amputation.

Because most symptoms are mild at first, and also because PAD shares many similarities with a wide variety of other conditions, many cases are left undiagnosed and untreated. Don’t let that be you! If you notice problems with sensation or pain in your feet or legs, call Harvey R. Danciger, DPM right away for an appointment. We’ll help you set up an appropriate treatment plan based on your physical condition and personal needs. You can schedule a visit online, or dial 760-568-0108.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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