Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a very common circulation problem that frequently goes undiagnosed for long periods of time. Consequently, a variety of other conditions can develop, many of which are first detected by changes that occur in your legs, feet, and other extremities.
The constriction of the arteries that is caused by this disease can cause a variety of symptoms, some of which include the following:
- Cramping and muscle pain—This may be especially noticeable after exercising or other taxing activities.
- Slow healing of wounds—Decreased circulation and reduced blood flow can affect the immune response and cause cuts, scrapes, bruises, and wounds to heal very slowly. This problem is compounded for patients with diabetes who need to be very watchful for foot problems to avoid infection and amputation risks.
- Hair and nails grow slowly—Slowed circulation also impairs the growth of tissues and nails.
- Skin texture and color—Skin can become rougher and dry due to the blood circulation decrease. Color changes may also occur.
- Leg and foot pain—This can become severe enough to cause sleeping problems.
- Decreased temperature of the legs and feet—You may notice that your legs and feet become cold easily, even when the temperature outside is high.
If you are experiencing signs of PAD, a foot care specialist can help diagnose this condition and look for other related complications. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.