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Lakeland Podiatrist | Lakeland Peripheral Vascular Disease (Poor Circulation, or PVD) | FL | Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group |

Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group

Dr. John Bidelspach

(863) 859-4434

(888) 505-0592

Lakeland Main Office:
4973 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, FL 33809
  The Villages Main Office:
(Just West of Rolling Acres)
Heart Rhythm Associates
781 HWY 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Laser Locations:
Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, The Villages, and Tallahassee

Peripheral Vascular Disease (Poor Circulation, or PVD)

What Is PVD?
Does your leg hurt or becomes cramped while you walk or climb stairs? When you stop or rest, the pain goes away. But it comes back when you start to move again. This pain cycle is called intermittent claudication. It can be a sign of peripheral vascular disease, or PVD (also known as “poor circulation”). With PVD , the vessels that carry blood to your lower body become narrowed or blocked. This makes it harder for blood to reach your leg. If PVD is not treated, leg and foot tissue may die. This is called gangrene and may lead to amputation. You can help avoid such problems by working with your doctors.

PVD can raise your risk of frostbite. Keep your feet warm and dry in water.

What Causes PVD?
As you age, your blood vessels may become damaged. Plaque (a buildup of fat and other materials) may collect along the inner walls of the blood vessels. The plaque can narrow or block your blood vessels.

A Healthy Vessel
A healthy vessel allows blood to flow freely. Blood carries oxygen to the muscles. During activity, more oxygen is needed so more blood flow through the vessel. Leg tissue stays healthy if it receives enough blood.

A Narrow Vessel
Plaque buildup reduces blood flow. Muscle tissue does not get enough oxygen-rich blood. Leg muscle may cramp during activity. Cramping may go away with the rest, then return when activity resumes.

A Blocked Vessel
Severe plaque buildup does not allow blood to flow. Leg muscles become oxygen-starved. Tissue begins to die. Muscle may cramp, even at rest. Night pains are common during this stage.  Blockage can occur in more than one vessel in your leg. Muscles below blockage begin to die.

Physical Exam
Your doctor will ask you questions about when you feel pain and how long it lasts. Your blood pressure and pulse may be taken at your leg and arm to see how well is flowing. As foot problem can be a sign of PVD, your doctor will check the color of your feet and look for crack and infections.

Diagnostic Tests
Your doctor may order some test to see where your blood vessels are blocked. A Doppler exam uses harmless sound waves to produce an image of your blood vessels. During an arteriogram, dye is injected into your blood vessels. Than a series of x-rays is taken. The dye helps your blood vessels appear in the x-rays. During Doppler exam, your entire led may be checked for blockage.

Controlling PVD
Certain health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, make PVD worse. Talk to your doctor about controlling these problems. Below are some ways to manage PVD.

  • Stop Smoking - Smoking narrows your blood vessels. It also raises your blood pressure. Ask your doctor about stop-smoking programs and aids.
  • Control Blood Sugar – High blood sugar caused by diabetes can speed up damage to your blood vessels. Work with your doctor to control your blood sugar levels.
  • Be More Active - Exercise improves blood flow. It can even help new blood vessels form. Exercise may hurt at first. But with regular activity, pain will begin to ease. Talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that’s right for you.
  • Eat Right – Too much fat in your diet can raise cholesterol and clog blood vessels. Avoid fatty, greasy, and fried foods. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables instead. And limit caffeine. It can narrow blood vessels.

Other Treatment Options
For some people with PVD, medication or surgery may be suggested. Your doctor may talk to you about these treatment options.

Lakeland Podiatrist Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group is a poidiatry office providing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Poor Circulation, or PVD), orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Lakeland, FL. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 33809 area and surrounding areas in Lakeland