As the children head back to school and our responsibilities begin again, it is important to remember that our feet never rest. As you get busier many things can go unnoticed most notably chronic diseases such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease. September is Peripheral Arterial Disease awareness month.
Peripheral Arterial Disease is the loss of blood flow to your legs and feet. This chronic disease can happen slowly over time, and it usually caused by plaques that build up in the vessels slowing down or stopping blood flow to your legs. If you are experiencing calf, thigh or hip pain after short distances of walking, loss of hair in your legs and feet and noticed the skin in your feet getting darker, these all may be signs of having peripheral arterial disease. People who smoke regularly, are diabetic, or over the age of 50 are much more likely to have peripheral arterial disease. Early detection is extremely important in many chronic diseases such as peripheral arterial disease.
If you have noticed anything off about the skin in your feet or legs or are experiencing calf pains when walking short distances, please give us a call at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of PAD detection, the most effective treatment is consistent monitoring of symptoms and for you physician to perform vascular examinations at the doctor’s office. We have state of the art arterial testing right here in our office. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.