Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment in Sutherland
What is Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)?
Peripheral Vascular Disease is often the result of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis describes the gradual build of cholesterol deposits (ie: plaques) within the walls of the arteries. This results in the narrowing and hardening of the arterial walls.
As the disease progresses into its advanced stages it can result in critical narrowing of the arteries, leading to tissue ischemia (lack of oxygen within tissue) and ultimately tissue damage or death.
Arteries that have become narrowed from the result of Atherosclerosis are responsible for many conditions, two of the most well-known include: Angina, and Stroke.
How does PVD affect your feet?
Peripheral Vascular Disease can greatly impact on the health of your lower legs and feet and can lead to dry skin, weak nails, pain whilst exercising or walking, poor or delayed healing, &/or leg and foot ulcers.
Advanced Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can lead to pain or cramping in the lower leg. This is known as claudication, and occurs when the muscles of the lower leg are not receiving enough oxygen to maintain the activity/exercise. It is also commonly referred to as ‘intermittent claudication’ due to the fact that it often comes and goes with activity/exertion and rest.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can also lead to delayed or poor healing. This is the result of the diminished blood flow to the feet and lower legs. This means patient’s with Arterial disease, are much more prone to infections and non-healing wounds know as ulcers, and in extreme cases gangrene.
The decrease blood supply to the lower leg and feet can result in dry ‘flaky’ skin and weak nails, because of this it is important for patient’s to regularly apply a moisturizer (eg: sorbolene) to their feet.