The 2012 summer Olympics are quickly approaching. The best athletes from around the globe will gather in London to compete on behalf of their countries in hopes of taking home gold medals. They spend their lives rigorously training, exercising, and maintaining highly specialized diets in order for a chance to fulfill these dreams.
Although Olympic level abilities and training are not a part of the daily routine for most people, daily exercise of some sort should be. However, many people are unable to exercise. Walking a block down the street or climbing a flight of stairs can cause severe pain in the legs, among other symptoms. This pain is referred to as intermittent claudication. It simply means that pain occurs upon exertion, typically in the calves, and is resolved with rest. If you have to stop daily activities to allow your leg pain to subside, you may be suffering from peripheral arterial disease.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a result of hardening arteries in the extremities. It decreases the amount of blood that gets to the legs, and thus decreases the amount of oxygen the muscles receive. Other symptoms associated with PAD may include decreased or absent hair growth on your feet and legs, difficulty healing wounds, and changes in skin color. There are a number of diagnostic tests that can be performed to determine whether or not PAD is causing your symptoms.
If left untreated, PAD will cause serious complications and often leads to amputation of toes, feet, or legs. It is important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms. Your podiatrist at Fredrick Foot & Ankle Specialists can perform a test in the office that will let you know if you have or may be developing PAD. Referred to as an ankle brachial index, the test simply involves taking blood pressures at different areas on your leg, thigh, and arm. Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists can quickly and easily test you for PAD, answer any questions you have, and help you to get on a course of therapy to manage any complications you may be experiencing. At your convenience, we have two office locations, Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD.
Peripheral arterial disease is easy to detect. With the proper testing and treatment, PAD may be managed so that it has little effect on your daily activities. Be sure to contact Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists today if you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to PAD.