Dr. Jayesh Patel Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon

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Peripheral Artery Diseases (PAD)

Peripheral Artery Disease is a condition of the blood vessels that leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply the legs and feet.

Symptoms

  • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after certain activities, such as walking or climbing stairs (claudication).
  • Leg numbness or weakness.
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side.
  • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal.
  • A change in the color of your legs.
  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs.
  • Slower growth of your toenails.
  • Shiny skin on your legs.
  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet.
  • Erectile dysfunction in men.

Treatment

All patients with mild blocks can be treated medically.

Treatment for peripheral artery disease has two major goals. The first is to manage symptoms, such as leg pain, so that you can resume physical activities. The second is to stop the progression of atherosclerosis throughout your body to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Stopping smoking and all forms of tobacco is the most important step towards recovery Regular exercises and walking helps to improve the blood flow and control sugar and cholesterol.