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Vascular conditions are medical problems that affect your circulatory system.
The feet are often affected when a person has a vascular disease because they are one of the extremities of the body, so if blood supply is restricted then the feet can be the first place to experience problems.
Common vascular conditions that we see in our patients include
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) which includes Peripheral Arterial disease (PAD)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and other clots or blockages
- Vascular conditions linked to diabetes
- Vascular conditions linked to smoking
- Raynauds and chilblains
In theory, all vascular conditions could impact the feet, so if you have a condition or have any foot concerns, why not find a podiatrist to discuss these with?
There are a range of tests that podiatrists use to check your vascular status and assess for possible conditions, including testing blood supply with palpation and a doppler ultrasound, checking capillary refill, temperature, colour and skin quality.