Your feet play a role in almost everything you do. They keep you upright, get you from place to place, and they rarely complain. Women, especially, take their feet for granted, putting them in ill-fitting shoes with unnaturally high heels. It isn’t until we get older and, along with the rest of our bodies, we start paying the price for that abuse.
How Does PAD Make My Feet More Vulnerable to Injury?
The most common symptom of Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is leg pain. At MTV IR, we offer vascular interventions to treat the severe leg pain caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Most people with cramping leg pain never think about the impact the disease has on their feet. With PAD, your feet get less blood and oxygen than normal. Once wounds and ulcers develop, the lack of blood flow makes them more difficult to heal.
Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease include sores on your toes, feet, or legs that won’t heal and slower growth of the toenails. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact MTV IR to have your condition diagnosed. We use minimally invasive techniques such as Doppler ultrasound and angiograms to diagnose PAD. Failing to treat these symptoms early can lead to a serious condition called “Critical Limb Ischemia.” This condition sometimes leads to the need for amputation of the affected limb.
What You Need to Know About Caring for Your Feet
Begin a daily foot care routine and take an active role in protecting them from the complications caused by PAD.
- Thoroughly wash your feet with water and soap. Pat dry and apply a heavy moisturizer. Observe your feet for any problem areas.
- Wear good quality shoes that fit well. Avoid those that pinch or chafe your feet. A blister from a tight shoe is an opening that allows bacteria inside. Also, pair shoes with thick socks for additional protection.
- Don’t dismiss fungal infections like athlete’s foot as “no big deal.” These minor infections can cause openings in the skin that result in serious secondary infections.
- Avoid cutting toenails too short or in a rounded shape. Cut them straight across and don’t cut down into the corners of your toes.
- Don’t go barefoot indoors or outdoors.
- Exercise your feet. Walking, swimming, or bicycling will help promote blood flow and improve leg and foot health.
- Don’t self-treat. If you have bunions, corns, or other foot issues, see a podiatrist. Let them know you have PAD, and make sure you get the best treatment for your condition.
Improving Foot Health with PAD
Take it from the best leg pain doctors in Dallas, you don’t have to live with the pain and risks associated with Peripheral Arterial Disease. Give us a call at 469-828-2025 or go online to schedule a consultation or to learn more about the PAD diagnostic and treatment options we provide. We’re certain you’ll be glad you did!