Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) & Foot Gangrene Treatment
Do you have leg pain after walking few steps? Have you developed any black discoloration of your toes or fingers?
If answer is YES, It can be a peripheral arterial disease….
|What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?|
|When fat & calcium builds up inside blood vessels (arteries) of legs / arms, it leads to reduced blood flow & can cause pain in that particular limb. This process is known as atherosclerosis & disease is named as ‘Peripheral Arterial Disease’. |
|What is Gangrene?|
|If blood vessel remains blocked for prolonged time, blackening of toes or fingers can develop, which is called ‘Gangrene’. Gangrene is basically a dying body part & hence, the last stage of PAD. |
|Am I at risk?|
|If you have following risk factors then answer is YES. |
Risk Factors - Old age ( > 50 years)
|What are symptoms / presentation?|
|The disease progresses over time & has 3 stages of presentation. |
|What to do next if I suspect PAD in my legs?|
|Consult a Vascular surgeon for clinical assessment. Doctor may perform an ABI/ultrasound Doppler / CT Angiography / DSA test of your legs & will explain you further course of treatment. |
|What if I neglect it?|
|Negligence can be dangerous in this disease. U may progress to stage of spreading gangrene & the doctor may not be able to save your limb despite best efforts.|
|Is there a chance of recovery even after gangrene development?|
|YES. It can be cured if reported to a Vascular surgeon as soon as possible.|
|What are the treatment options?|
|Treatment depends upon stage of the disease & length of vessel blockage.|
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