Dr. Polyxene (Polly) Kokinos and her team at South Bay Vascular are experts on diagnosing and treating patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Our state-of-the-art facility was specifically designed as a PAD treatment center, including a vascular ultrasound lab and specialized surgical center.
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Many people suffer from pain with walking. When it is related to problems in circulation to your legs, it is called claudication and generally presents as cramping in your buttock, thigh, or calf after a certain distance is walked.
Typically, the pain recurs almost every time you try to walk that distance. The pain generally goes away in less than a minute if you stop walking and take a rest, but it will return every time you walk about the same distance. There is usually no pain if you are just sitting or standing.
This kind of leg pain is NOT a normal part of aging or weight gain.
This pain occurs because of the build-up of plaque, or fatty deposits, on the inside of your blood vessels. This type of plaque build-up, or hardening of the arteries, is also a sign of a potential problem in your heart arteries and thus of increased risk for a heart attack.
There are of course many factors that may cause leg pain, including back problems, nerve problems, or arthritis. But if the pain affects the quality of your daily life and limits your activity, it is very important to get checked out by your primary care doctor and request referral to a vascular surgeon. A non-invasive vascular ultrasound can easily rule in or out the presence of an arterial issue.
High risk factors for Peripheral Arterial Disease include:
If you think you may have PAD or other circulation problems, see your doctor immediately—and during your exam, be sure to take off your shoes and socks and SHOW THOSE TOES.
PAD is a very serious disease, but it can be treated if diagnosed properly. Your physician needs to examine your legs, feet, and toes for any of the telltale signs, especially if you are diabetic or have other contributing risk factors.
Dr. Polly Kokinos and the entire South Bay Vascular team are dedicated to educating medical practitioners and their patients about the dangers of Peripheral Arterial Disease—and the life-saving solutions that are now available.
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