• September is Peripheral Arterial Disease Month

    by Howard Kimmel, DPM
    on Sep 10th, 2018

Did you know that September is PAD awareness month. What is PAD? PAD stands for peripheral arterial disease. What happens with this is similar to the arteries in the heart. There are many things that can cause this. For instance this is common in patients with Diabetes and is sometimes complicated by high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Usually screening is highly recommended for patietns who are under 50 who have diabetes and smoke and patients over 50 that smoke. Obviously if you have signs, it is recommend to have non-invasive vascular testing. Smoking and Vaping too can cause the peripheral arterties to clog. There are some questions that are easily answered on what is called the Edinburgh Questionaire. So what are these questions? 

• Question 1 assesses whether patients get any pain or discomfort on walking.
• Question 2 evaluates whether patients get this pain when they are standing still or sitting.
• Question 3 estimates whether patients get pain when they walk uphill or walk in a hurry.
• Question 4 determines whether patients get this pain walking at an ordinary pace on level ground.
• Question 5 assesses whether if patients stand still the pain continues for more than 10 min or disappears within 10 min.
• Question 6 requires patients to mark on a diagram, where they actually get pain or discomfort.

At Buckeye Foot Care, we do in office non-invasive vascular testing to determine if you have a problem. We worked with some of the best vascular specialists in the country. So call today to make an appointment.

Author Howard Kimmel, DPM Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, DPM provides advanced care for foot problems for patients in Brook Park, Willoughby, and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kimmel offers wound care, orthotic devices, comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, and several other forms of Podiatric treatment at Buckeye Foot Care. He is the only podiatrist in the state of Ohio to have a residency in pediatric foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kimmel is dedicated to providing patients in Ohio with top-notch care for foot and ankle problems, wound care, and other related issues. He also continues to build on his knowledge of podiatry and remains up-to-date on the latest technology and treatments in the podiatry field.

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