Cold feet? It could be a sign of Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease

Cold feet aren’t always a sign of being unable to commit. Cold feet can also be a red flag for Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as PAD.

What is Peripheral Artery Disease, (PAD)?

PAD, Peripheral Artery Disease, occurs when fatty plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the legs and feet, causing the arteries to narrow. PAD can happen in any artery, but most often it occurs in the legs and arms.

Who is affected?

PAD affects approximately 8.5 Million men and women in the United States, affecting both men and women equally.

Risk factors for PAD

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Being over the age of 50
  • Smoking
  • Personal or family history of PAD, Heart attack, Strokes
  • Living a sedentary Lifestyle
  • Obesity

Signs and Symptoms

  • Cold feet
  • Brittle toenails
  • Slower growth of toenails
  • Sores or Ulcers on toes, legs, and feet that take longer to heal
  • Change in color of skin in lower extremities
  • Numbness in legs and feet
  • Difficulty finding a pulse in legs or feet
  • Diminished or absent hair growth
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Pain and cramping in calves

Many people with Peripheral Artery Disease have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else.  If left untreated, PAD can lead to open wounds, infection, and gangrene, possibly resulting in the need for amputation. PAD could also put you at a higher risk for stroke, and may dramatically increase your risk for heart disease.  If you are at high risk or show any signs or symptoms of PAD, please call the doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle today to schedule an evaluation. We believe in providing First Class Medicine and creating World Class Patient Experiences.