Prevention of Peripheral Arterial Disease
The best way to prevent claudication is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and this is done by:
- Quit smoking
- If you have diabetes control it.
- Exercise regularly – 30 mins thrice a week
- Lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Eat foods low in saturated fats
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Living with the peripheral arterial disease
If you have PAD you are likely to have CAD, heart attacks, strokes, and TIAs. You can take steps to control PAD and lower the risk of these other conditions.
Living with peripheral arterial disease symptoms
With PAD you may feel pain in the leg or calf on walking. Take a break and walk again when the pain subsides. Over time this helps you increase the distance of walking. Take part in a supervised walking program which reduces PAD symptoms
- Check your feet and toes daily for sores and infection.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well.
- Maintain good food hygiene.
- Have professional medical treatment for corns, bunions, and calluses.
Ongoing healthcare needs and lifestyle changes
See the doctor regularly and take the prescribed medicines. Lifestyle changes may prevent or delay PAD and other related problems. One must be active, eat a healthy diet and regular exercises.