Permian Basin Foot and Ankle
Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Board Certified Podiatrist located in Odessa, TX & Midland, TX
The circulation in your legs, feet, and ankles can tell you a lot about both your vascular health and your overall general health. At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, Texas, podiatrists Justin Brown, DPM, Jordan Womack, DPM and their team offer vascular testing to evaluate your blood flow, diagnose conditions, and monitor treatments. To consult with experts about your need for vascular testing, call your nearest Permian Basin Foot and Ankle location or book an appointment online today.
Vascular Testing Q&A
What is vascular testing?
Vascular testing is a way to gather information about your blood flow and the characteristics of your veins and arteries that affect it. Generally, these tests are noninvasive, quick, and painless.
At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, the team might recommend vascular testing to evaluate the blood flow in your feet and ankles, which are the farthest parts of your body from your heart and often show preliminary signs of an underlying disease.
There are several types of vascular testing. The team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle tells you how your test works and what to expect during the process. They also help you interpret your results and may use them to diagnose your problems and plan your treatment.
Do I need vascular testing?
The team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle might recommend vascular testing if you have signs and symptoms of certain vascular conditions, like peripheral artery disease or chronic venous insufficiency. Potential symptoms include:
- Leg or foot pain
- Numbness or weakness in your legs or feet
- Swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet
- Hair loss on your legs
- Pale skin on your legs
- Skin that feels cool to the touch
Your provider might also recommend vascular testing if you have high-risk diabetes or generally poor circulation in your legs.
How should I prepare for vascular testing?
Your provider at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle might suggest taking these steps for a short period of time before the test:
- Avoiding caffeine
- Avoiding smoking
- Removing jewelry
They might give you additional instructions based on any preexisting conditions you might have.
What happens after vascular testing?
The team at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle reviews the results of your vascular tests and tells you what they mean for your treatment. In most cases, you can go straight home or back to work after the test. If you need any further treatment or testing, the team helps you plan and book future appointments.
Before you leave, the team might provide suggestions for home care and lifestyle changes that could improve your vascular health, like nutritional supplements, exercise, or a healthier diet. They can also answer your questions to keep you informed about your vascular health.
To find out if you need vascular testing and see how it works, call your nearest Permian Basin Foot and Ankle location, or book an appointment online today.