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Tuesday, 19 October 2021 00:00

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that causes poor circulation in the feet and ankles. In many cases, people who suffer from PAD do not experience any symptoms. As the disease progresses, noticeable symptoms can appear. One of the first may be claudication, or cramping in the lower legs while walking. This occurs because the muscles in the lower legs are not receiving enough oxygen and nutrients from the blood. Muscle weakness usually follows. Not all leg cramps and weakness are indicative of PAD, however. There are other conditions that cause similar symptoms, such as deep vein thrombosis, traveler’s thrombosis, and various spinal problems. If you suffer from leg cramps, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wayne, Paramus, Clifton, Montclair, Clifton, Edison, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021 18:53

venous insufficiencyFoot and ankle surgeons do not treat spider or varicose veins, but your foot and ankle specialist should be accustomed to seeing varicose veins to provide early recognition and diagnosis. The team of foot and ankle physicians at the Foot and Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical are trained in diagnosing vascular conditions of the lower extremities. Many of the conditions podiatrists treat are interconnected with vein disease. Our team includes certified vascular specialists who, in conjunction with our foot and ankle specialists, can diagnose and also treat vascular disease.

Our foot and ankle specialists are trained for early recognition and diagnosis of venous insufficiency. With our colleagues at the Vein Specialist Centers (a division of One Oak Medical Group), expert and convenient care are provided under one roof for patients suffering from spider and varicose veins. The collaboration has been a welcome and distinguishing feature for patients at One Oak Medical and the Foot and Ankle Institute.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are abnormal diseased veins that present as enlarged, tortuous superficial veins on the legs. Spider veins and varicose veins often share a common underlying issue referred to as chronic venous insufficiency. As a sign of vein disease, early recognition of the problem is vital to prevent complications like venous eczema and ulceration.

What is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Chronic Venous Insufficiency occurs when valves stop working properly and prevent effective transport of blood back to the heart from the leg veins. This can be due to trauma, dilation, or congenital issues. As a result, blood tends to pool in the legs building up the pressure inside the veins. Over years this venous hypertension causes the veins to distend, bulge, and swell from the excess blood in the legs. During later stages, the skin can also develop venous eczema, discolor and develop ulcerations.

The most common cause of varicose veins is genetic inheritance. In fact, if one parent has varicose veins, there is a 50% chance of inheriting the condition. The severity of the disease can be influenced by obesity, smoking, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our officeslocated in Wayne, Paramus, Clifton, Montclair, Clifton, Edison, and Randolph, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 00:00

The calf muscles are located at the back of the lower leg and are responsible for the way our feet and ankles move. Tight calf muscles can affect the position of the foot, impacting motion and balance. Regularly stretching the calf muscles helps reduce lower limb pain, tightness, and instability. To get the best results from calf stretches, it is important to hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. This gives the muscles enough time to stretch out. You should also repeat each calf stretch three times for maximum benefits. Calf stretches can be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. Stop stretching if the mild discomfort associated with stretching turns into pain. Finally, stay safe by consulting with your podiatrist prior to beginning any new stretching or exercise regimen. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wayne, Paramus, Clifton, Montclair, Clifton, Edison, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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