What is a Doppler Study?
A Doppler study (or "Peripheral Flow Study") is an assessment of lower limb blood flow and circulation. It examines how well blood is passing through the two of the major arteries to the feet; the Dorsalis Pedis and Posterior Tibial Artery.
This information helps our podiatrists diagnose and monitor Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), which results from narrowing in blood vessels supplying the feet. This condition is important because it can cause pain and cramping, increase the risk of problems with your feet and delay how quickly your feet heal following injury.
How is it performed?
At Foot Faults we use a handheld instrument, called a Doppler Ultrasound to perform the Doppler Study. It is a simple, painless, non invasive procedure during which the ultrasound probe is held on the skin above each artery. The ultrasound bounces off the arterial blood flow allowing us to determine any there is reduced blood flow or any blockages.
Who should have a Doppler Study?
Doppler studies are recommended for the following patients:
- Patients with Diabetes
- Patients with Vascular disease
- Patients with Poor circulation
- Elderly Patients
- Patients experiencing leg cramps or pain when walking
- Patients complaining of cold feet
- Patients with numbness in their feet