Cold Feet? It Might be PVD.

When the extreme heat of summer in Tennessee begins to subside, and Starbucks announces the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, we know fall is upon us. Although the weather may still be warm, your feet might already be cold and susceptible to cramps while lying in bed.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), or peripheral arterial disease (PAD) could be the reason for cold and cramping in the feet. Peripheral vascular disease is a disease of the blood vessels carrying blood to the legs, stomach or kidneys.


The symptoms of PVD include:

  • Lower extremity pain
  • Cramping
  • Tiredness
  • Poorly healing wounds
  • Pain in the legs and/or feet after rest

Who’s Prone to PVD?

Those who are most prone to PVD are those with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac issues
  • Advanced kidney disease

If you suffer from any of these conditions, you should see one of our podiatric specialists before symptoms progress. Failure to be evaluated can lead to foot problems like gangrene, open wounds and even severe infection of the foot and ankle.

At Advanced Foot & Ankle we are highly specialized in early diagnosis and treatment of PVD in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients. For testing, we use PADnet, a non-invasive vascular testing device to measure ABI (ankle brachial index) and TBI (toe-brachial index). These measurements help us to identify mild, moderate or even severe arterial insufficiency. The test itself can be done in less than an hour – and the same day as the appointment. Depending on the results, we may also refer the patient to a vascular surgeon.

If you or anyone you know are exhibiting symptoms of PVD set up an appointment at one of our four Middle Tennessee locations today!