Lifestyle Changes to Manage Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Reduce or Avoid Excess Weight
Manage Chronic Conditions
Control Blood Glucose Levels
Maintain Normal Blood Pressure
Identifying and Managing Depression
- Examine your feet daily for injuries, ingrown toenails, or cuts.
- Care for any injuries of the feet meticulously with regular cleansing and dressings.
- Avoid dry skin by using moisturizing creams.
- Wear shoes that breathe, but do not expose the toes, such as sandals.
- Get properly fitted for shoes.
- Talk to your doctor or podiatrist about any toe or toenail problems. Make sure they know you have PAD.
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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