Foot injuries, surgeries and some diseases can cause blood vessels in the extremities to narrow so they do not get enough blood. If blood circulation is poor, then it makes it harder for cuts to heal and on top of that, blood clots can develop and your muscles can cramp. Fortunately, by diagnosing circulation problems, they can be treated and more serious consequences can be avoided.
Diagnosing Circulation Problems
Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as PAD, is one of the diseases that can cause the narrowing of blood vessels and arteries, which leads to poor circulation. This condition can be diagnosed by vascular foot testing in Marlton, NJ, which involves checking the pulse and blood pressure in the feet and legs. The testing can be done manually, but a device called PAD+ can also be used.
PAD+ is a machine that can be used for vascular foot testing. It takes pulse recordings and blood pressure measurements, and it can detect blockages responsible for PAD. Then, after the problem has been detected, therapies can be recommended, along with lifestyle changes, in order to reduce problems with circulation.
Types of Treatments
Depending on the causes of poor circulation, which may also include smoking, diabetes, or varicose veins, doctors can put you on medications or recommend other treatments that will help restore healthy circulation. For instance, massage therapy can sometimes help improve blood circulation to prevent problems with the feet and legs. To get more information about therapies that are offered by our offices, browse our website.
You should seek a doctor’s help if you have symptoms such as the following:
- Muscle cramps
- Throbbing or stinging pain in the feet or legs
- Tingling in the limbs
- Numbness in the limbs or extremities
Testing can be done to find out what is causing the pain and based on how your feet look, vascular foot testing can be performed in order to accurately diagnose circulation problems.