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Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD for short, is a disease that affects 8 to 12 million Americans. It is caused by a buildup for plaque in the arteries of the legs. Plaque consists of fatty deposits that cause the arteries of the legs to narrow and harden. This process is known as atherosclerosis and can lead to a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet, which your Cincinnati podiatrist may refer to as poor circulation, resulting in leg pain. PAD usually occurs in the legs, but it can also affect the arteries that carry blood from the heart to vital areas of the body, such as the aorta, the kidneys, arms or the brain. If your Cincinnati podiatrist detects a hardening of the arteries in your heart, you will be diagnosed with coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease. Facts About PAD

  • Sufferers of PAD are two to six times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke.
  • PAD and diabetes are the major causes for foot and leg amputations in the US.
  • The best treatment for PAD seems to be a change in lifestyle, although medications and surgical procedures are sometimes recommended.
  • One in every five people over the age of 70 suffers from the disease.
  • Less than half of individuals with PAD know that they have the disease.
  • One quarter of PAD sufferers are receiving treatment.
  • Of the 2.5 million diagnosed cases, 2.1 million are managed through proper treatment.

Controlling Risk Factors Since PAD sufferers are at higher risk for heart attacks and stroke, if you suffer from PAD, you are encouraged to do all you can to eliminate other risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes. Signs of PAD

  • Tiredness, fatigue and pain in your lower body that only occurs when you walk but seems to dissipate when you rest.
  • Resting foot or toe pain that interrupts your normal sleep patterns.
  • Wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that fail to heal or that take a long time to heal.
  • Leg pain that you have been ignoring for some time.

If you are experiencing leg pain or any of the above symptoms, you may be at higher risk for PAD. Make an appointment with your Cincinnati podiatrist at The Center for Foot Care at your earliest convenience by calling (513) 206 – 8448.

on 24, Jul 2017
I have a job that requires me to wear heels and stand on my feet all day. After years of doing this I have developed a neuroma that has become very painful. I saw Dr. Titko and she gave me options on how to go about correcting this problem. After several visits I’m happy to report I am painfree and able to walk comfortably in my work shoes once again. Thank you Dr. Titko !
on 24, Jul 2017
I first met Dr. Kristin Titko at a diabetes focus group at UC. Her presentation on various options to treat diabetes complications of the legs and feet sounded hopeful, as I had visited another foot care specialist who advised me he could do nothing to help me. In speaking with Dr. Kris after the meeting concerning my issues, she told me to come see her. Thankfully I made an appointment and will remain ever grateful to her for her professional care. Dr. Titko is friendly and caring, and listened to the problems I was experiencing (toe fungus and planter’s fibromas on both feet.) I was treated with laser therapy which completely healed my toe fungus and referred to a specific physical therapist who completely cleared up the fibromas in both feet. Additionally, she took biopsies which confirmed that my legs and feet were free of neuropathy (which is music to the ears of a Type 1 diabetic.) I continue to see her periodically for checkups. All things being said, Dr. Titko’s professional expertise allowed me take my life back by bringing me to a level of physical activity that I hadn’t experienced in several years. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone who is looking for a foot care specialist, especially diabetics. She treats you like family and you can place your trust in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been seeing Dr. Titko for a few years now, and she help me fix my cracked, dry feet and make them beautiful again. I thank you and my man thanks you too! You’re great!
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been to 4 orthopedic surgeons very highly recommended however they didn’t help me since July [4 months]! I broke my ankle. I am so thrilled to have found Dr Kristin Titko, she has been the ONLY doctor that I feel can help me! I have faith in her.
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Titko’s since about 2006 and I have referred multiple friends to her. I’ve seen her for several different conditions, some chronic and some acute, and I always appreciate the approach she takes, which is to get me back to my normal activities as soon as possible.
on 24, Jul 2017
Six weeks out from my 2nd Ironman and planters facilities shows up. Nothing short of a miracle, Dr. Titko attacked this problem and on race day there was no pain and no excuses (with my foot), a PR for my 140.6 course at Ironman Louisville.
on 24, Jul 2017
I would like to thank Dr. Titko for getting me back on the tennis courts after a 5 month layoff. I know I should have sought treatment earlier, but being a Man I was stubborn! Don’t be like me, if you hurt go see her you will not regret it!
John W
on 24, Jul 2017
Dr Titko is by far one of the most professional doctors I’ve ever met. She treats you like family and ensures any problems you have are taken care of as quickly as possible. I was working a job where I had to stand on concrete all day in boots. She made custom Orthotics for my boots that did wonders for my feet and helped relieve the pain. Thank you for everything Dr Titko.-Scott Dr. Titko is fantastic! I had an ingrown toenail that had been bothering me off and on, and affected my running. She removed it and now my toe feels so much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone needing a great podiatrist.
on 24, Jul 2017
I met you at the West Chester Jingle Mingle in December. In our conversation I mentioned that my son Landen Myers was having some problems with his feet and after meeting with 2 specialists already, the problem was getting worse, not better. After one meeting with you and six weeks later, your recommended home treatment has him pain free and nearly back to 100%. He plays baseball for Ohio State and his first game is two weeks. THANK YOU for getting him healthy in time for the season!
on 24, Jul 2017
After experiencing foot pain for way too long, I set up an appointment with Dr. Titko. Dr. Titko immediately identified what was causing the pain. She took care of an issue I was having to ease the pain, took x-rays and will have a treatment plan by my next visit. I truly appreciate her approach and respect for my time. Dr. Titko was professional and focused but, also very personable with a great sense of humor which made for a pleasant experience despite why I was there! Her staff was friendly and efficient getting me back right on time and out quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone experiencing similar issues.