Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition in people with diabetes. This condition makes blood flow more challenging. Your body cannot push blood through the plaque that’s built up in the arteries, restricting the flow of oxygen, nutrients, and healthy blood cells to the remote parts of your body.
This health condition is scary for many reasons. The most serious complications include heart attack, stroke, and brain damage. Another part of your body that sees complications as a direct result of this restricted blood flow is your feet.
PAD does not always present bold warning signs. Knowing what to watch for will help you get treatment and prevent serious health risks.
Symptoms of PAD
Symptoms for PAD are not always obvious. Many people don’t realize they have PAD until the symptoms are severe.
Knowing what to watch out for is the first step in catching this common condition and getting treatment early on. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you might be at risk:
Leg pain while walking or while lying down.
Excessively cold legs and feet.
Sores or foot ulcers that take longer than normal to heal.
Changed color on your legs and feet.
Loss of hair on your legs and feet.
Why You Should Pay Attention to These Symptoms
These symptoms are more than just a little bit annoying—they’re also the sign of potentially serious health problems.
Foot conditions, such as hammertoes, bunions, ingrown toenails, or blisters become more dangerous with PAD. The limited blood flow makes you more likely to develop an infection. In people with diabetes, this is especially dangerous because of the compromised immune system.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you have diabetes and you think you might have PAD, it is imperative that you see a podiatrist. Talk to Dr. Evan Merrill about your symptoms. You will go through a few simple tests to diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment for your body.
Don’t let your cold feet cause serious and potentially life threatening health conditions. Schedule your appointment with a podiatrist today.