Vascular testing is used by podiatrists to make sure that there is adequate blood flow to your lower limbs. Reduced blood flow can be dangerous if left undiagnosed and untreated. Vascular testing may be performed if you are experiencing pain, numbness, or weakness in your legs, have poorly healing wounds, or have a history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Vascular tests are generally noninvasive and painless. The doctor may perform an ultrasound of your legs and feet, check your pulse by hand, measure and compare the blood pressures of your arm and ankle, and perform a visual examination of your lower limbs. If you suspect that you may have reduced blood flow to your legs, discuss it with your podiatrist today.
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 Dr. Michael Doughty from Doughty Podiatry, P.A. Our doctor 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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