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Noninvasive Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease

Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that can cause poor blood circulation in the lower limbs due to blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. People who have type II diabetes often also have PAD. PAD can be difficult to notice in its earlier stages, as it often doesn’t cause any symptoms. As it progresses, PAD can cause painful leg cramps following activities like walking or running, leg numbness or weakness, and sores on the lower limbs that do not heal. Your podiatrist can screen you for PAD using noninvasive methods such as an ultrasound. Another effective screening tool is the Ankle-Brachial Index, which measures and compares the blood pressure in your arm with the blood pressure in your ankle. If you have symptoms of poor circulation in your limbs, or are at risk of developing PAD, please consult with a podiatrist.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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