Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a loss of blood flow to the feet and legs.  This is not a problem with the veins, which return blood to the heart, but a disease in the ability of the arteries to deliver blood to the feet and legs.  Circulation loss in the feet and legs usually effects those who have diabetes, a long history of smoking, any sort of traumatic injury to the leg or foot, a family history of circulation problems, or high cholesterol. The symptoms of peripheral arterial disease include frequent muscle spasms, cramping, or leg pain with walking or exercise, when lying down or sleeping, as well as physical changes in the feet and toes, including an inability to heal a simple wound, such as a scratch, thickened, dry toenails, or absence of hair growth on the toes.  It is important to diagnosis peripheral arterial disease to minimize progression of the disease, which can often be managed with medication. In some cases further studies may be performed such as arterial angiograms to assess for any blockage in her legs. We perform noninvasive, pain free, arterial testing of the feet and legs in the office which is usually covered under most insurance plans.  This simple test takes approximately 35-40 minutes. If you or someone you know suffers from leg pain, muscle spasms, cramping, or other foot and leg problems that seem to be associated with either exercise or lying down, or if they exhibit any of the physical findings listed, please call the office for an appointment and evaluation.  Dr. Block and staff at the Bluegrass Foot Center are well versed in diagnosing and managing circulation problems.  An ounce of prevention can potentially avoid a mountain of problems!

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