Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop PAD, your extremities — usually your legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This usually causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (claudication) or even resting leg pain.
Evidence-based medicine shows the importance of identifying the disease in the early stages. Some of the later signs may include slow or non-healing foot or leg sores, discoloration in your legs or feet, and/or early signs of gangrene (blackened toes). 40% of individuals will experience no pain but may have signs of muscle atrophy and discoloration. The CDC states that close to 8.5 million people in the US alone have PAD, and 12-20% of those individuals are age 60 or older. Undergoing yearly screenings is a great way to detect the disease early. If a patient is positive for PAD, we can then provide minimally invasive treatment options, and ultimately prevent limb amputation!