Peripheral Arterial Disease is another way of describing poor circulation whereby blood containing ample amounts of oxygen cannot reach the feet. As you can imagine, this condition should not be ignored as there can be many severe complications. Our wonderful team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can help to diagnose and treat this condition at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when blood is restricted because arteries become contracted due to plaque, which is mainly the buildup of cholesterol on the arterial walls. When this condition occurs, it could be a sign of a bigger arterial disease that can eventually lead to strokes. Symptoms do not present themselves until the arteries are already blocked. When symptoms do appear, the toenails can be effected in their color or thickness, sores may not heal timely on the feet and the feet may feel cold.
Preventative measures should be taken to avoid the onset of this condition such as ending smoking, more exercise, a healthier diet, washing feet frequently with warm water, drying feet often, trying to keep the skin on feet soft, trimming toe nails in a straight manner, wearing shoes or socks often and checking feet on a daily basis for wounds, scratches, contusions, corns, calluses, sores, inflammation, ingrown toenails or other infections. The earlier that abnormalities are discovered, the sooner they can be treated since those with this condition may not be able to recover from generally minor foot problems due to the lack of blood flow to the injured areas. Medications can also be used to help with blood flow. Bypass surgery of the leg may also be utilized to improve blood circulation to the feet.
Since this condition can be very dangerous, it is imperative that you contact us today to ensure that your feet get the best possible chance of having proper blood flow and thereby avoiding serious complications.