This video was shared with Dr. David Armstrong of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) which is dedicated to care for people with diabetes to reduce lower extremity amputations worldwide. This video explains how people with diabetes can experience a reduction of blood flow in the legs and feet.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is attributed to arthroscerosis of the vessels beneath the knee. Diabetes worsens the occlusion of the blood vessels. This increases the risk of developing Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Diabetic foot ulcers. PAD also leads to a reduced ability to heal a diabetic foot ulcer or infection. This is a major cause of amputation in diabetics and can put your life at risk.
If you are diabetic, it is vital that you have regular screenings for PAD. At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we use the SmartABI system for early detection of PAD. It is a non-invasive study which every diabetic should have performed in order to assess the blood flow. Do not wait for a problem to occur! Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation.