At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic (offices in Brandon and Zephyrhills Florida), there is a painful condition called PAD (peripheral artery disease) that affects millions of Americans and is one of the many things treated by Dr. Rajnish Manohar. Here’s some information about PAD, and how you can recognize and treat it.
What Is PAD?
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is caused by a blockage or constricting of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits called plaque accumulation. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and slim, which is called atherosclerosis. This leads to a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet. This is typically referred to as poor circulation.
Around 8 million people in the US suffer from PAD, with between 12-20% of these aged 60 and over. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PAD happens usually in the arteries in the legs, however it can also impact other arteries that bring blood outside the heart. This consists of arteries that go to the aorta, the brain, the arms, the kidneys, and the tummy. When arteries inside the heart are set or narrowed, it is called coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease.
PAD influences 8 to 12 million Americans, and one in every five individuals over the age of 70 has the disease. People with PAD have a two-to-six times’ higher opportunity of death from a cardiovascular disease or stroke. PAD and diabetes are the leading reasons for foot or leg amputations in the United States.
Peripheral Artery Disease Causes/Risk Factors
Risk aspects for PAD and other conditions that could complicate PAD include the following:
- Cigarette smoking
- High Cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive weight
Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of PAD include the following:
- Fatigue, fatigue, or discomfort in your legs, thighs, or buttocks that constantly takes place when you walk but disappears when you rest.
- Foot or toe discomfort at rest that often disturbs your sleep.
- Skin injuries or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to recover (or that do not heal for 8 to 12 weeks).
However, numerous people with PAD do not experience common leg symptoms such as cramping, discomfort, or tiredness referred to as claudication.
Diagnosis and Treatment of PAD
Dr. 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 abnormal, he might order other tests to figure out the degree of your PAD.
PAD can be treated with way of life modifications, medications, and surgical procedures if necessary. Clinical treatment options include:
- Programs to stop smoking.
- Blood pressure control.
- Reducing cholesterol.
- Handle high blood glucose (diabetes).
- Medications to prevent clotting.
- Healthy diet plan.
- Workout program.
A variety of medical treatment options are available depending upon the place and intensity of the artery blockage. Dr. Manohar can refer you to the proper specialist for these procedures.
If you have some of the symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. 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.