- Are your toes and or feet cold or numb? Do they burn?
- When walking do you get pains in your calf or thigh?
- Do you have sores on your toes, feet, or legs that won't heal?
- Do you notice a loss of hair on your feet or toes, or legs?
- Do you have some black or blue marks on your feet or toes?
- Do muscle cramps bother you especially at night or resting?
You may have Peripheral Vascular Disease if the answer to any of
the above was yes.
WHAT IS P.V.D?
Peripheral vascular disease is
the medical name of the group of
medical problems that causes poor
circulation to the toes, feet and legs.
One of the major diseases
in this group is called
Arteriosclerosis, more commonly known as
"hardening of the arteries"
is a condition in
which there is a gradual thickening,
and loss of elasticity in the walls
of the arteries.
The arteries are the blood vessels that
brings the blood from the heart,
down to the
feet and legs. Arterial insufficiency
may also be
caused by an obstruction
in the artery wall, by the
narrowing of arteries or by a
spasm of the vessel.
This disease is most common in men
past fifty years of age.
Diabetes is a major cause
of peripheral vascular
disease. The diabetic lacks
the ability to make proper
use of the sugar they
ingests. As a result, of this sugar
builds up, they have many
changes in their blood vessels,
causing them to have
more often than the
Besides diabetes other
risk factors for circulatory disorders
are heart disease, high blood
pressure, smoking, family history
of vascular disease, obesity,
and elevatedcholesterol levels.
Exercise can help
circulatory problems. The muscles
of the legs
have a massaging effect on the
blood vessels and help maintain
normal passage of the blood.
Adequate exercise which is
appropriate to a person's
general health and age will
do much to
benefit the entire circulatory
There are many highly
treatments for peripheral
vascular disease that
gives relief by increasing
the circulation, to the feet
and leg. This is done as
always in the
comfort and privacy
of our clinic.
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