Ultrasounds Can Be Used to Check Your Blood Flow
Do you have foot pain, numbness, tingling, or cold feet? If so, you may need to see a podiatrist for vascular testing. Vascular testing in podiatry is used to assess the blood flow to your feet and ankles and to screen for conditions such as peripheral artery disease. One common vascular test is a Doppler ultrasound. This test uses a handheld device that emits sound waves to create an image of how blood flows through your veins and arteries. A Doppler ultrasound is quick, painless, and noninvasive. Typically, you do not need to do anything special to prepare for this test. However, smokers may be asked to refrain from smoking for several hours prior to the ultrasound, as smoking can constrict blood vessels and affect the test results. If you suspect that you may have reduced blood flow to your feet and ankles, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for evaluation.
Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
What Is Vascular Testing?
Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.
How Is it Conducted?
Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.
The most common tests include:
- Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
- Doppler examination
- Pedal pulses
These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Corsicana, Ennis, and Waxahachie, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, or 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office.