Poor Circulation in Feet Can Stop You in Your Tracks
Day in and day out, 57-year-old Cindy Henderson lived with constant leg pain that prevented her from walking even the shortest of distances. For more than two years, she went from doctor to doctor without a diagnosis for her debilitating leg pain.
“I didn’t want to run a marathon, all I wanted to do was to walk again and not lose my leg,” said Cindy. “I have two sons, one who is 16 years old, and a husband and I wanted to be here for them.”
Cindy was eventually referred to PVA where she met vascular surgeon Dr. Jesus Matos. After an examination that included an ultrasound of the arteries in legs, Dr. Matos found that Cindy suffered from poor circulation due to severe blockage in her lower extremity.
“It’s not uncommon to see a patient who has been suffering from P.A.D. for months or even years, like Cindy,” said Dr. Jesus Matos, PVA Vascular Surgeon. “So often the symptoms go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and patients live with unnecessary pain for way too long. This is why it is so important to educate the community about P.A.D., which is a chronic disease that affects many people in our community.”
Due to the severity of the blocked arteries in Cindy’s case, the best treatment option was bypass surgery, which redirects blood flow around the blocked artery allowing for proper circulation to the leg and feet. “Cindy had a severe case of P.A.D. but we were able to find a solution to put an end to her pain and allow her to return to a normal lifestyle,” said Dr. Matos.
“I haven’t stopped walking since I had my surgery. Dr. Matos saved my life and give me the ability to walk again,” said Cindy.
To make an appointment to see a vascular specialist call 210.237.4444.