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Vascular Testing for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can significantly impact your quality of life by reducing blood flow to your legs and feet. Podiatrists play an important role in detecting and managing PAD through various non-invasive tests. Included are checking the pulse in your feet, using a handheld device to listen to the blood flow, and measuring blood pressure in your ankles and toes. Regular vascular assessments are essential, as early detection of PAD can prevent serious complications like sores or infections that heal poorly. If you experience leg pain while walking, numbness, or slow-healing wounds on your feet, it is important to visit a podiatrist because these symptoms are indicators of peripheral artery disease. A podiatrist can conduct these simple yet effective tests to determine if PAD is affecting you and recommend appropriate treatments or lifestyle changes. Ensuring that your podiatrist performs comprehensive vascular assessments can make a significant difference in managing your condition and improving your overall health. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral artery disease, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for testing and suggested treatment options.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall, Greenville, Dallas, and Sachse, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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