A Doppler ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to visualize blood flow throughout the body. In podiatry, a Doppler ultrasound can be used to diagnose peripheral artery disease and other conditions that may affect blood flow in the feet and ankles. You may need to undergo this imaging test if you are experiencing the symptoms of poor circulation in your lower limbs, which include numbness, weakness, coldness, cramping, or skin discoloration. A Doppler ultrasound is painless and noninvasive, and there are no known risks. It usually takes between 30 minutes and one hour to complete. If you have symptoms of poor circulation in your feet or ankles, please consult with a podiatrist.
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 Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. 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.
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