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How Does a Podiatrist Assess Vascular Disease?

Podiatrists play a pivotal role in assessing vascular disease, a condition that impacts blood circulation throughout the body, including the lower extremities. A thorough examination begins with a detailed medical history, as podiatrists inquire about symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, or numbness. Clinical assessment involves inspecting skin color, temperature, and the presence of wounds or ulcers on the feet, key indicators of compromised blood flow. Podiatrists employ palpation techniques to evaluate pulses in the feet, gauging the strength and regularity of blood flow. The capillary refill test assesses the time it takes for color to return to the toenails after gentle pressure, providing insights into microcirculation. In cases of suspected vascular disease, podiatrists may collaborate with vascular specialists for more advanced diagnostic tests such as Doppler ultrasound or angiography. If you have poor circulation, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat vascular disease.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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