How’s Your Blood Flow?
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common finding that we see in our patients with diabetes. We work closely with vascular surgeons to prevent the loss of and restore lower extremity blood flow. Common symptoms that are found in patients with PAD is deep achy pain in the legs and feet when walking, and needing to stop and rest until the pain subsides. Ischemic rest pain normally occurs when the patient is sitting with the legs elevated or when they are lying in bed. These patients normally need to hang their feet off the bed or get up and walk around so that gravity can help bring blood flow to the feet and legs. The most severe is when patients get ulcers and have tissue loss. If you or anyone you know has these symptoms in the legs or feet come by for a consultation, and if needed, a referral to a vascular surgeon.