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Noninvasive Vascular Tests in Podiatry

Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Certain medical conditions, such as peripheral artery disease, can cause poor circulation in the legs, feet, and ankles. Vascular tests are used by podiatrists to examine the blood flow in the lower limbs. While this may sound potentially painful, most vascular tests used by podiatrists are actually noninvasive and fairly painless. Examples of vascular tests that a podiatrist might use include the ankle-brachial index, which measures the blood pressure at your ankle and at your arm and then compares the two readings, or the Doppler ultrasound, which uses sound waves to visualize your blood flow on a computer screen. For more information about vascular tests in podiatry, consult with a 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 one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Arlington, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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