Your body’s cells depend on an efficient, effective bloodstream to deliver oxygen and nutrients, remove waste and byproducts, and keep all systems functioning properly. Unfortunately, peripheral artery disease (PAD) can throw a big wrench into the process.
PAD is a condition that often develops over the course of many years, because of contributing factors such as diabetes, smoking, obesity, or elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Slowly, fatty deposits (called plaque) build up on the inside of artery walls, narrowing the available space for blood to flow. Not only does this lead to intermittent cramping and numbness in the calves and legs, but it can also contribute to wounds and ulcers on feet, and indicates an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.
If you want to keep your symptoms under control and prevent PAD from getting worse, getting your blood pumping with regular, healthy exercise is non-negotiable. Unfortunately, PAD doesn’t like to make this process easy, especially if you’re just beginning. Painful cramps and other symptoms tend to be triggered by activity, even simple walking or climbing stairs. Your body seems to be actively working to stop you from doing the one thing it needs most, which is incredibly frustrating.
Choosing to stick with a healthy lifestyle despite early resistance, however, pays massive dividends in the long run. Walking more than a few blocks might be a challenge at first, but it doesn’t take too long before you find that you can go further, and further, and further without pain. Going with a friend or loved one and tracking your progress are great ways to help you stay motivated, establish clear goals, and celebrate your progress—no matter where you started from.
At Martin Foot & Ankle, we support people with PAD every day through medical treatments, physical therapy, supervised exercise, and more. We’ll help you manage underlying conditions (diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.) or put you in touch with specialists who can prescribe medications to help with symptom relief.
Furthermore, our Wellness Program is the perfect environment for PAD sufferers to keep their blood pumping. During your initial appointment with our wellness coordinator, you’ll set up a tailored exercise plan relevant to you needs and concerns. Then, you can set up further appointments at our wellness center to get your blood pumping in a safe, supervised environment with licensed medical professionals to provide guidance and care when necessary. Schedule as many appointment as you want for just $45 per month, or up to two per week for $30 per month.To schedule an appointment with Martin Foot & Ankle, please give us a call today at (717) 757-3537.