Pain, Cramping or Tiredness in Your Legs?
Losing your leg would be devastating. Unfortunately, it could happen. There are many causes, including Peripheral Arterial Disease. PAD is a condition where arteries are either narrower than normal, or blocked completely. This restricts blood flow to the legs and feet.
Atherosclerosis, a fatty plaque built up in the walls of your arteries, is often the cause of PAD. Normally, atherosclerosis is focused on for its role in heart health, but it can affect the legs and feet if it restricts the blood flow to them. Also, though less common, PAD can be caused by inflammation of the blood vessels, injuries to the legs, or exposure to radiation.
PAD has a few common symptoms, some of which are cramping, pain, or tiredness in your legs or hips. Pain in the legs can occur while walking, and will most likely go away when you rest. Don’t be fooled, the pain will come back when you start walking again. This is known as intermittent claudication. Most people mistake PAD for something else such as muscular pain. Don’t take that chance. If you leave PAD untreated, it may eventually lead to amputation. Dr. Bass is equipped to perform a simple, 20 minute test to detect it.
There are a few different ways to treat PAD. The first is different types of medication to lower cholesterol. In more severe cases, surgery may be required. Finally, your doctor can prescribe a carefully supervised exercise program to help improve this distance you can walk pain free.
With the use of the PADnetR unit, a simple, non-invasive, 20 minute test can be performed right in our office. Dr. Bass, and his staff at Central Jersey Foot and Ankle Care, collaborate with other physicians at Centrastate Medical Center to treat PAD. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please call (732) 866-4411 for an appointment or visit our website.