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  • 8 High Street, Totnes, TQ9 5NN

Having reduced blood circulation to your feet can lead to many complications for your legs & feet. It can also mean you are at higher risk of a number of different problems such as heart attack &

Foot health assessment

Here at Footworks Podiatry, Totnes, we carry out a foot health assessment on all new patients. This involves checking the blood flow & nerve supply to your feet. This allows any potential problems to be identified & the necessary treatment/precautions to be taken. We will write a letter to your GP to outline our findings & any areas of concern and we can also give you advice on the best way to look after your feet to help to keep them as healthy as possible. Regular routine treatment to manage your toenails, hard skin, corns, etc can help to reduce your risk of developing serious foot complications.

If you’re concerned about circulation problems in your feet, it’s best to get them checked out. Circulation problems can present in many ways, there are a number of symptoms and they may include:

  • Cold feet/foot.
  • Change in foot colour (may be pale or have a dusky red/purple colour) change can be in one or
    both feet.
  • Pain in calf muscle(s) when walking, this pain eases when you stop & rest.
  • Shiny skin on legs/feet.
  • Non-healing leg/foot ulcers.
  • Lack of hair growth on feet/foot or leg(s).
  • Burning & aching in foot/feet & toes when laying down, pain generally improves after hanging
    feet down over the edge of the bed.

Here are Footworks Podiatry we can offer a simple, non-invasive test to tell us if adequate blood
flow is reaching your feet and detects the presence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Left untreated PAD increases your risk of problems with your feet e.g. ulceration & has a high association with

increased risk of heart disease & stroke, so early detection & treatment is important. This test is
called an ankle brachial pressure index test (ABPI).

What does the test involve?

Woman with blood circulation problems in Totnes, South Devon

We ask you to lie on your back & use a blood pressure cuff to read the blood pressure in your arm & ankles. This test isn’t painful, however, the cuff can feel tight when inflated, but this is only for a very short time. The result of this test is available straight away & we will pass your results onto your GP. Depending on your results, any symptoms you may be experiencing & your medical history, changes may need to be made to your medication or you may require onward referral for specialist hospital investigation (only required for more severe cases of PAD).

Contact Us

If you would like any more information or want to book an appointment to have an ABPI test please contact us and our friendly team in Torquay will take it from there.

More Information on Circulation Problems

You can also click the link below for more information on the National Institute for Clinical Governance (NICE) guidelines on peripheral arterial disease: diagnosis and management.