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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 28, 2020
Category: Diabetes issues
Tags: foot ulcers  

Ulcers and P.A.D.

Many of our patients have diabetes and decreased circulation is another symptom that defines this chronic disease. Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, is the common cause of this decreased circulation. For patients with diabetes, this lessened circulation can have damaging consequences to daily movement, including ulcers and infection. Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center likes to educate his patients on the many ways this condition directly impacts their feet. Learn more today about PAD.

It’s all about your arteries

PAD is a condition that is caused when plaque builds up in your arteries; this plaque build-up is called atherosclerosis. As time progresses, this buildup can harden and narrow your arteries, which affects how blood flows throughout your body. This condition typically impacts your lower extremities, like your legs, but other areas can be impacted, too. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting smoking are a few things that you can do today to decrease your risk of developing PAD.

People with diabetes are at risk

Smoking is a huge risk factor, but people with diabetes are also at risk because a high amount of sugar in the blood can cause damage to arteries. If you are 70 or older, or if you have a history of smoking or diabetes, we recommend that you get checked for peripheral arterial disease. Poor circulation impacts the body’s ability to heal. Wounds that are slow to heal can worsen or become infected, leading to ulcers.

Your symptoms are saying something

If you have non-healing wounds, you may be experiencing a symptom of PAD. Discolored skin, weak pulses in your legs or feet, and a lower temperature in your feet or legs may also be symptoms.

If you’re at risk for PAD, increase your physical activity, quit smoking, and improve your diet. Schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center or call 732-382-3470 to see if this condition is impacting your ability to move. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist at our Clark, New Jersey office. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too.

 

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