An ABI (ankle-brachial index) pressure test is a non-invasive diagnostic test used to evaluate blood flow to the legs and feet. The test compares the blood pressure measured at the ankle with the blood pressure measured at the arm.
Here are some potential benefits of an ABI pressure test for feet:
Detecting Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): An ABI pressure test can help detect PAD, which is a condition that occurs when there is a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels that carry blood to the legs and feet. PAD can cause pain and cramping in the legs, slow wound healing, and increase the risk of infections and amputations. Early detection and treatment of PAD can help prevent these complications.
Identifying Risks for Cardiovascular Disease: The results of an ABI pressure test can also help identify individuals who may be at risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Individuals with PAD have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
Monitoring Progress of Treatment: If an individual is diagnosed with PAD, an ABI pressure test can be used to monitor the progress of treatment. Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medications, and/or procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery. The test can help determine if the treatment is improving blood flow to the legs and feet.
Providing Early Intervention: An ABI pressure test can also help detect PAD in its early stages, before symptoms become apparent. Early detection allows for early intervention, which can help slow or stop the progression of the disease.
Improving Quality of Life: By detecting and treating PAD early, individuals can experience improved quality of life. Treatment can reduce symptoms such as pain and cramping, allowing individuals to perform daily activities with greater ease and comfort.
This service is covered by Medicare based on medical necessity, and is performed in our office for your convenience. Call us to make an appointment today.