We may also ask you to have an examination in our Imaging Department in order to determine if Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is making it difficult for your wound to heal. PAD, occurs when blood vessels in the legs are narrowed or blocked by fatty or plaque deposits.
Blood flow to your feet and legs decreases and you have an increased risk for heart attack, stroke or an amputation of a lower limb. Many people with PAD do not have any symptoms. Some people may experience mild leg pain or trouble walking and believe that it’s just a sign of getting older. Others may have the following symptoms:
- Leg pain, particularly when walking or exercising, which disappears after a few minutes of rest
- Numbness, tingling, or coldness in the lower legs or feet
- Sores or infections on your feet or legs that heal slowly
The ankle brachial index (ABI) or toe brachial index (TBI) is a quick and painless test used to diagnose PAD. This test compares the blood pressure in your ankle or toe to the blood pressure in your arm. If the blood pressure in the lower part of your leg is lower than the pressure in your arm, you may have PAD.
Depending on your individual situation your physician may also order other imaging tests including:
- Bone Scanning