Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is caused by the narrowing or blocking of the arteries, particularly in the legs. If you have leg pain, it may be a warning sign of PAD and early detection can slow the disease and decrease the chance of heart attack or stroke.

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Your podiatrist can do a test called an ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) to determine whether you have PAD. We can also check your pulses for signs of irregular heart beat. If we detect signs of vascular problems, we will refer you to your GP for further investigation.

Poor peripheral circulation can also cause a delay in wound healing and increase the risk of infection.

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