PAD Can be Combatted by Supervised Walking Programs

A new study conducted by Mary McGrae McDermott, M.D., and other physicians at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine indicates that walking at home can be an effective way to reduce the poor circulation in the hands and feet caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD). The experiment compared the walking abilities of a group of test subjects given a specific walking regimen to follow to those of a control group of subjects who did not receive such guidance. The results showed that those participating in the home walking program were able to walk faster and farther after just 12 months thanks to increased blood flow in their legs and feet.

"The results emphasize the importance of recognizing and treating PAD, a common condition that often remains undiagnosed and can become life-threatening as it restricts circulation to the legs, arms, feet, and kidneys," Dr. McDermott said.

Having poor circulation in the feet can be frustrating, but fortunately there are ways of increasing your blood flow. If you need help with a circulation problem, see podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry.Dr. Chapel can diagnose the cause of your condition and recommend a comprehensive form of care.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   
-numbness in legs
-skin discoloration
-slower nail & hair growth
-erectile dysfunction

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.

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