You probably don’t spend much of your day thinking about your legs or feet, but they can tell you a lot about your overall health.
September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) awareness month and a great reminder to be mindful of the symptoms associated with the disease. PAD develops when the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to internal organs and limbs become completely or partially blocked as a result of plaque buildup. If left untreated, PAD can result in limb loss, heart attack or stroke.
According to the American Heart Association, PAD affects 8 million to 12 million people in the U.S. Many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else, so the disease often goes undiagnosed.
Symptoms of PAD include:
- Weak or absent pulses in the legs or feet
- Cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs
- Sores or wound on the toes, feet or legs that heal slowly, poorly or not at all
- A pale or bluish skin color
The timely detection and treatment of any wound can reduce risk of amputation and improve quality of life. If you have a wound that won’t heal due to PAD or another disease, consider visiting the Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Shady Grove. Our dedicated doctors and nurses treat wounds that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment. We are uniquely prepared to provide you with individualized and comprehensive care to treat your case.