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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Let’s Talk about PAD | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Let’s Talk about PAD
 

Lets_Talk_about_PAD.jpgAt Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we find that many of our patients are not familiar with a condition known as Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, for short. In the simplest terms, PAD is a circulation problem. Plaque (which is cholesterol and other material) builds up on the walls of arteries, preventing adequate blood flow to the legs and feet. Blood brings oxygen and other nutrients to the feet and good circulation is necessary in order for healing to take place. For patients with PAD, foot deformities such as bunions or hammertoes and even minor conditions like blisters or athlete’s foot become more complex and can lead to serious infection and other complications.

What Causes PAD?

PAD can be associated with other disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Factors that increase your risk for PAD include:

  • ·      Being over the age of 50
  • ·      Having high cholesterol
  • ·      Smoking
  • ·      Family or personal history of PAD, heart attack, heart disease or stroke
  • ·      A sedentary lifestyle

Signs and Symptoms

During the early stages of PAD there may be no symptoms present but as the blockage in the arteries becomes more significant, patients can develop pain or cramping in their legs (this can occur either at rest or when walking), a feeling of numbness or coldness in feet and legs, changes in the appearance of toenails, loss of hair on legs and a change in skin color. Another important tip off is having sores on your toes, feet or legs that do not seem to be healing as quickly as they should.

Our podiatrists, , Dr. Christopher J. MullinDr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel can check for PAD by performing tests such as the ankle-brachial index (ABI) which compares blood pressure in your arms and ankles. In addition, the foot doctor will want to get a complete medical history and look for other risk factors and signs of PAD. If the podiatrist does believe you have PAD, you may be referred to a vascular specialist as this condition can affect arteries anywhere in your body and have serious systemic health consequences for your body.

There are several avenues of treatment for PAD but one thing all patients can do to help lower their risk of this disease is make healthy lifestyle choices like eating a heart-healthy diet, not smoking and getting regular exercise. If you have concerns or questions about PAD, contact our Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Let’s Talk about PAD, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen