Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disease of the arteries that reduces the circulation to a body part- other than the brain or the heart. The main cause is atherosclerosis, which is a result of fatty deposits building up on the sides of the arteries making it difficult or impossible for blood to pass. PVD is most common in the legs and kidneys. Diabetes and infection are also common causes for PVD. Not all individuals who have PVD are symptomatic. Those with symptoms may experience:
- Pain throughout the leg and sometimes the foot
- Pain while walking
- Achy pain in the feet or toes while at rest
- Sores on feet that do not heal
- Pale, bluish, or dark reddish foot color
Those with PVD must first address he underlying cause of the disease e.g. Diabetes. Your doctor will assist you in treating the relevant health factors. Begin a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, staying away from foods that have unhealthy cholesterol, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. Smoking hardens the arteries so it is important to quit. Your podiatrist can perform a thorough peripheral vascular assessment to identify the extent of the damage and monitor the progression over time. You will also be provided with important advice to minimize the associated risk factors and provide appropriate care for your feet and legs.