Vascular Disease

Stockdale Podiatry Group -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Stockdale Podiatry Group

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA & Porterville, CA

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a form of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) that affects up to 12 million Americans today. Because your peripheral arteries and veins move blood to and from your legs and feet, the highly experienced foot specialists at Stockdale Podiatry Group are the best providers to help with vascular disease diagnosis and treatment. There are offices with on-site vascular labs located in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, so call the one in your area or click the online appointment scheduler.

Vascular Disease Q & A

What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease refers to any condition within your vascular system. At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the experienced team of podiatric care specialists treats vascular diseases that affect the feet and ankles. 

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs in the arteries and veins that move blood in and out of your extremities. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), the most common form of PVD, occurs in up to 12 million American adults today. 

PAD happens when plaque — deposits usually related to dietary cholesterol and fat — collects within your arteries. People with diabetes often have significant plaque deposits. The plaque narrows arteries and reduces blood flow to your lower extremities. 

If you have PAD, you have a much higher risk of health emergencies, such as heart attack and stroke. Today, PAD is the most common reason for foot amputations. But, with early diagnosis and treatment, you can prevent such serious consequences.

How do you diagnose vascular disease?

At Stockdale Podiatry Group, the experienced team of foot and ankle physicians uses advanced methods to diagnose vascular disease. The most common test is a pulse volume recordings (PVR) study. 

In a PVR study, a blood pressure cuff goes around your lower leg, and your doctor listens to your blood flow using a doppler ultrasound. The most common kind of PVR study is the ankle brachial index (ABI), which compares blood pressure in the arms and legs to detect reduced blood flow.

How do you treat vascular disease in the feet?

Treatment depends on the severity of your vascular disease and your specific situation. In general, you’ll work with your medical doctor to control health problems that contribute to vascular disease. This includes:

  • Blood sugar management
  • Blood pressure control
  • Lowering your cholesterol
  • Stopping smoking
  • Losing weight 
  • Exercising

The Stockdale Podiatry Group team can work hand-in-hand with your doctor to manage foot and ankle issues related to your vascular disease. This includes diabetic foot care, wound care, and other treatments that can reduce the impact of vascular disease on your feet.

Stockdale Podiatry Group can assess your risk factors, perform on-site testing, and help you manage the effects of vascular disease. Book your appointment with the online appointment scheduler or call the office located nearest you today.