Podiatrists that specialize within the lower limb, regularly have patients with mild to severe signs and symptoms of vascular disease. It is their role to take a holistic approach to every patient with the aim of providing optimal care to achieve the best clinical outcomes.
With clinical observations, testing and assessments patients can be referred to specialist vascular doctor accordingly.
These assessments are categorized into two main categories:
- Arterial (blood going away from the heart)
- Venous (blood returning to the heart)
Diagnosis of the two categories is done so through medical history taking, clinical observations and diagnostic interventions.
History taking includes details, such as; the age of the patient, medical conditions, current medication, previous surgeries, current symptoms if any and social history (smoking, alcohol intake).