How do you know that you’re sick? – Obvious response – Because you start feeling different symptoms.
However, what happens when you feel sporadic symptoms that you associate them with other factors such as physical activity or even eating a certain type of food?
The right recommendation is that you visit your doctor if you have the minimal suspect of having a disease. Moreover, you can still check for some information to have an idea related to any problem that you have.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is one of the most common diseases that affect a huge percentage of the world population.
As PAD keeps affecting more and more people, it’s important that you are aware of the different red flags that will alert them to visit a specialist near you.
3 Red Flags that you’re suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease and you haven’t noticed, yet.
#1. Leg Pain
You may suffer from leg pain as a consequence of physical activities or several types of diseases.
Because it’s so common, leg pain can be confused and may go unnoticed until it gets worst.
Moreover, many people think that leg pain is caused by intense physical activities like walking – Other times, people associate the pain with arthritis, sciatica, or a sign that they’re getting older.
Other circumstances are when people who suffer from diabetes confuse leg pain symptoms from PAD with neuropathy.
Moreover, the best form to determine the root of this pain is by visiting a peripheral arterial specialist.
#2. Wounds in your foot that don’t heal
One of the most common signs that you may have Peripheral Arterial Disease is that you may find different wounds in your foot that heal very slowly – and sometimes they don’t.
Actually, this is one of the first signs of the worst form of PAD, which is also called Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). Moreover, you need to pay attention to lingering cuts, scratches, or sores on your toes, feet, or legs.
#3. Numbness or burning sensations
Perhaps, you have noticed a strange tingling in your foot, or you feel like your entire leg is on fire. In that case, your body is trying to send a message for you to pay attention to.
Unusual sensations don’t have to be ignored because they may represent a more serious issue for you. PAD causes uncomfortable numbness or burning sensations in your feet and legs.
Visit a PAD specialist
Leg pain, wounds that don’t heal, and numbness or burning sensations are big signs that you need to visit a PAD specialist.
If you notice one of those signs, the best and smartest option is to take action as soon as possible. A PAD specialist can help you solve this problem, but remember that the sooner you visit your doctor, the sooner you get better.
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