I have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease. How should I protect my feet and legs?

When you have reduced blood flow to your legs, even minor injuries can lead to serious infections. Poor blood flow to the legs caused can keep wounds, cuts, and scrapes from healing properly. Prompt treatment can help you avoid this problem and is especially important for people with diabetes.
• Treat wounds, cuts, and scrapes on your legs right away. Avoid shoes that are too tight or that rub your feet. Shoes should be comfortable and fit well.

Avoid socks or stockings that are tight enough to leave elastic-band marks on your legs.

They can make circulation problems and symptoms worse.
• Keep your feet clean and moisturized to prevent your skin from drying and cracking.
• Place cotton or wool between your toes to prevent rubbing and to absorb moisture.
• Check for sores frequently; don't forget to look in-between the toes.
• If open sores form, keep them dry and cover them with nonstick bandages.
• See your doctor as soon as you discover an open sore.

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA

E-mail: info@vascularhealth.gr