Peripheral artery disease is one of the effects of aging that is very common and that results in reduced blood flow, contributing to a variety of foot and ankle problems. Keep aware of any changes to the appearance and feel of your feet and ankles since this will give you the upper hand in foot and ankle health. PAD often occurs with complications from diabetes, so check with your foot doctor for guidance.

PAD causes constriction of the arteries that is often indicated by the following signs:

  • Cuts and scrapes heal more slowly—Decreased blood flow interferes with the healing response of the immune system. Even small cuts can quickly become infected.
  • Decreased nail growth, hair growth and texture changes—Decreased venous circulation can also inhibit the growth of toenails and hair on your feet.
  • Skin texture and color fluctuations—Your skin can become much more coarse and drier due to decreased circulation. Your skin may appear to get lighter or darker and other color changes may occur.
  • Foot and lower leg swelling (edema)—Severe swelling and pain in the legs can interfere with restful sleep.
  • Changes in the skin temperature of your extremities—If you are experiencing excessive cold in your lower legs and feet, it could be a sign of poor circulation.

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If you are experiencing signs of PAD, your foot doctor is highly qualified to diagnose the condition and look for other related complications. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal, Dr. Dolan Chowdhury, Dr. Jaclyn Ramirez, Dr. Magdalena Marcinek, and Dr. Chris A. Obiarinze treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high-quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.