How are circulation problems diagnosed?
Most clinicians inclusive of your GP, Nurse and General Podiatrist are trained to feel for the pulses in your feet. If your foot pulses cannot be felt and you have painful symptoms in your legs you will need an ‘Advanced Lower Limb Arterial Assessment’ from a Specialist trained in this examination.
What is a leg circulation assessment?
This type of assessment includes a test, which involves taking the blood pressures in both of your arms and legs with the aid of a doppler ultra-sound. If the blood pressure is the same in each of your limbs, your circulation is likely to be good. However, if the blood pressure is lower in your legs than your arms this would indicate problems with your circulation. The Doppler ultra-sound helps us to hear the quality of your circulation during this test.
What happens if you find a problem?
If you are diagnosed with circulation problems (Peripheral Arterial Disease) it is recommended that your GP review your medication to ensure that you are on all of the protective/preventative medication appropriate to you. This will help prevent any serious medical problems that are strongly linked with Peripheral Arterial Disease. If your circulation problem is serious enough, you may need to be referred to a Vascular Consultant at the hospital. Your Podiatrist will also provide you with advice around lifestyle changes you may need to make to prevent your condition from worsening.
Facts about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Am I at risk?
People living with poorly controlled diabetes and those who smoke are at high risk of developing circulation problems in the future. People who have a high fat diet or high blood pressure are also at risk.
If you are concerned you might have circulation problems, contact our clinic to make an appointment. Please quote ‘arterial assessment’ when you speak to our reception team.