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Who Needs an Ankle-Brachial Index Test?

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) is a simple, non-invasive screening for peripheral artery disease, an ailment that affects blood flow in the lower limbs. The test consists of having your blood pressure measured at your upper arms and ankles. The doctor then compares the two resulting numbers to come up with a ratio that correlates to risk of having peripheral artery disease. Not everyone needs an ABI. It is usually reserved for patients who are most at risk of developing this condition. This includes people who are older, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, atherosclerosis, a history of smoking, or symptoms of peripheral artery disease, such as leg pain, cramping, weakness, numbness, or difficulty walking. If you have any of these risk factors, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an ABI test.

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 Central Valley Foot & Ankle. 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 our office located in Visalia, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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