Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) often takes a lifetime to develop, and unfortunately the symptoms of it don’t tend to be felt until there is a significant narrowing in the blood vessels. It would be nice if there was more of an early warning system for everyone, but fortunately treatment is available to help though the symptoms caused by poor circulation and stop the progression of the disease.
Although PAD can’t be fully cured, there is no time when it’s too late to begin acting against its effects. The main goals of PAD treatment go hand-in-hand. By relieving the pain and discomfort often caused by poor circulation, this can help one take actions necessary to live a healthier, more active life. As the body adjusts itself to being more fit and using a lesser amount of oxygen to function, there should be less instances of pain in the feet and legs. It’s a friendly cycle.
Medications can help keep certain factors in check to help with any lifestyle changes that may be needed. This may involve drugs to control cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and pain. Once things are under control, a guided program can be arranged to gradually ramp up exercise and healthier eating habits, if necessary.
In some cases, more advanced procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery may be needed to improve one’s circulation enough so that pain and other problems are less of a factor. This is a cardiologist’s wheelhouse, however; we’re here to help keep your feet and lower limbs as strong and comfortable as possible.
If peripheral arterial disease is causing trouble in your feet, Martin Foot and Ankle can help you find the best ways to relieve pain and bring stability back to your stance. Call (717) 757-3537 for more information, and let us become a part of your PAD-busting team!