At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic in Brandon, there are many people who could benefit from a simple test for Peripheral Artery Disease. It is a condition that, if diagnosed early, could help you to avoid complications from heart disease also. Dr. Rajnish Manohar would like you to know as much about Peripheral Artery Disease and how it relates to your podiatric health.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a significant circulatory condition where blocked or narrowed arteries trigger poor circulation to the arms, legs, brain or kidneys. It happens usually in the lower extremities, triggering reduced blood circulation to the legs and feet. Similar to buildup in the heart, clogged arteries in the lower extremities can cause stroke or cardiovascular disease.
8 to twelve million Americans have PAD and, left neglected, PAD is fatal 30 % of the time within a five-year duration.
Causes and Risk Factors for Peripheral Artery Disease
Threat factors for PAD and other conditions that might complex PAD include the following:
- Physical inactivity.
- Smoking cigarettes.
- Weight problems.
- High Cholesterol.
Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease
The signs of PAD include the following:
- Foot or toe pain at rest that typically disturbs your sleep.
- Skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to recover (or that do not heal for 8 to 12 weeks).
- Tiredness, exhaustion, or discomfort in your legs, thighs, or buttocks that always happens when you walk however goes away when you rest.
- Many people with PAD do not experience normal leg signs such as cramping, discomfort, or tiredness known as claudication.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease
Dr. Rajnish Manohar can do a simple test to figure out if you have PAD. The test is called an ABI, or ankle-brachial index. It compares the blood pressure in your ankles with the blood pressure in your arm. If your ABI is unusual, he might order other tests to identify the level of your PAD.
Luckily, today there is a non-invasive innovation that can identify the presence of PAD: PADnet is a PAD test that can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes during a regular office check out. This particular device (shown in the photo above) can perform a comprehensive battery of tests like the ABI, as well as a few others. In most cases, insurance will cover the test provided by the PADnet device.
For patients with enhanced danger aspects, consisting of those being 65 years of age or older with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking cigarettes, being informed about this arterial disease is particularly vital. Leg discomfort and staining of the toes or feet are possible signs of PAD. It is important to keep in mind, nevertheless, that lots of people with PAD do not experience any signs. Checking can assist identify if you have PAD and whether medical or surgical treatment is needed.
75% of people with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) have heart disease.
Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease
PAD can be treated with way of living changes, medicines, and surgeries if necessary.
Medical treatment choices include:
- Healthy diet plan.
- Programs to stop smoking cigarettes.
- Blood pressure control.
- Reducing cholesterol.
- Medications to prevent clotting.
- Workout program.
- Manage high blood sugar level (diabetes).
If you suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease or are exhibiting some of the symptoms above and would like to get checked out, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.