Q What does P.A.D. mean?
P.A.D. is the abbreviation for Peripheral Arterial Disease. This is a disease of the circulatory system where the blood is not flowing properly and not getting to the tissues, to supply the proper nutrients. This can cause muscle cramping in the legs when you walk, cold feet or extremities, nail changes, skin changes with thinning and dryness noted, and other symptoms. Elevation of the legs can cause increased pain and coldness to the skin because of a decrease in circulation.
If you have been suffering with any of these symptoms, Dr. Harvey Danciger, a Palm Desert podiatrist, can evaluate the problem and may want to do a non-invasive circulation test to help diagnose the problem. (760) 568-0108