Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is the decrease in blood flow to your extremities including your feet. As we get older our blood flow naturally decreases due to excess buildup of cholesterol and plaque on the artery walls. This process can be significantly worsened by diabetes, hypertension, and smoking. Blood flow is important to maintain good foot health. If one of our physicians finds that the blood flow to your feet is not what it should be, then they may order blood flow studies. Signs and symptoms of PVD include weak pulses, non-healing wounds, absent hair growth, cold extremities, cramping, and weakness.
At Northern Illinois Foot and Ankle Specialists, we provide convenient and non-invasive blood flow studies. We use the PADnet system to evaluate and quantify the blood flow to your feet. This is important when diagnosing or treating certain conditions. If the blood flow is bad enough, a referral to a vascular specialist may be necessary.