Peripheral artery disease is unfortunately a frequent circulation problem with many people that often goes undiagnosed for years and years until the symptoms have progressed. Many of the indications that you may have a problem with your overall circulatory system are first detected by subtle changes that occur in your legs, feet, and ankles.
The narrowing of the arteries that is caused by this disease produces a wide variety of symptoms which can include the following:
- Muscle cramps and pain—This may be the most noticeable complication that occurs after exercising or spending a hard day working on your feet.
- Wounds, cuts, and scrapes heal very slowly—Compromised circulation and the reduction in blood flow slows down the immune system, causing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other wounds to heal much more slowly. This problem can become exacerbated for patients with diabetes since even a small infection can quickly spread and increase the risk of amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.
- Slow growth of nails and hair—Impaired circulation also slows down the growth of hair and nails.
- Skin color and texture changes—Your skin will often become rough and dry due to the blood flow decrease. You will also notice color fluctuations.
- Increasing foot and leg pain and discomfort—These can become severe enough to interfere with restful sleep.
- Lowered temperature of the legs and feet—Your legs and feet are apt to become cold easily, even during high temperatures.
If you are experiencing signs of peripheral artery disease in your feet and ankles, your podiatrist can diagnose this condition and bring to your attention any related complications. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.