Approximately 2 million people are affected by this severe and advanced form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In patients with critical limb ischemia blood flow in the lower body reduces to critical levels, causing, pain, numbness, and open sores and ulcers that do not heal.
Many patients with CLI often suffer from diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, too. With treatment from one of our highly skilled and experienced vascular providers, complications such infection, gangrene and even amputation may be avoided.
Diabetic Vascular Disease
When diabetes is left untreated, patients may experience diabetic vascular disease, in which arteries around the body begin to harden from a build-up of sugar and lack of insulin. This can result open sores and ulcers that never heal, burning sensations in the feet, and leg, ankle, and foot swelling.
While diabetic vascular disease may affect larger arteries in the body closer to the heart, this condition most commonly affects smaller arteries closer to the hands, feet, eyes, and kidneys. Our vascular providers offer treatments to restore blood flow in the arteries and improve life quality of patients with diabetic vascular disease.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Age, high cholesterol levels, heart disease, obesity, smoking, and diabetes are all possible risk factors for developing PAD. In this condition, plaque builds up in blood vessels, causing arteries to narrow and impede blood flow. Poor circulation results in uncomfortable symptoms, including burning or numbness, sores and ulcers that won’t heal, burning and aching.
You may also hear PAD called hardening of the arteries, peripheral artery disease or peripheral vascular disease. Patients with PAD often complain of muscle pain or cramping (claudication), most often when walking or climbing stairs, but stopping when at rest. Some people with an advanced form of PAD feel pain in toes or feet even while resting.
If left untreated, PAD can lead to critical limb ischemia, causing even more severe circulation issues. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, as well as leg hair loss, shiny and/or discolored skin, or toenail changes, make an appointment with one of our vascular specialists to diagnose and treat PAD.