Have you ever been told that you have poor circulation? Your restricted blood flow could be the sign of a more severe medical condition called Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).
PVD is a broad term for any disease that impacts the blood vessels away from the heart. This can include arteries, veins, and in some cases, lymph vessels. The arteries and veins away the heart (periphery) are vulnerable to damage.
PVD is primarily split into two types: Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Both are serious and can make healing lower extremity wounds more difficult. When wounds have a hard time healing, you are at a bigger risk of infection, which in the worst-case scenario, could lead to amputation.
To reduce the risk of infection, diagnosing and treating your poor circulation is vital.
A podiatrist is the right doctor to diagnose PVD because of how much it impacts your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Your doctor will begin diagnosing PVD by doing a visual and hands-on exam of your lower extremities and reviewing your medical history. During the exam, your podiatrist will evaluate your pulse, skin condition, and look for any type of foot or lower limb deformities.
If the podiatrist believes that you might have PVD, you may be asked to go through a series of tests.
The tests are done in an office or minor procedure room. If you are at risk of PVD, having these tests done is vital so you can move forward with treatment and minimize the impact PVD will have on your health.
Your podiatrist may recommend a specific treatment plan based on how severe your PVD is. In general, there are three main types of treatment for PVD available.
If you believe you might have a type of PVD, it is critical that you seek help. Getting help and/or direction from a trained podiatrist may prevent more serious complications of PVD.
At California Foot & Ankle Institute, we diagnose PVD on a regular basis. We understand what to look for, and how to get you the treatment you need so that you can live a healthier and happier life. Call us today (949) 833-3406 to schedule your consultation and find out if you may be at risk for PVD.