Foot Care from A to Z

Thomas P. Lyman, BS; Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM, FAPWCA


Dermatology Nursing 

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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease presents in various manifestations on the lower extremity. Occluded arteries present as a cold, colorless limb. The patient will note claudication or pain with exercise. These patients need to receive careful foot care, cease smoking, and begin exercising. Patients are instructed to walk until the claudication begins, rest, and walk further. Thus, collateral circulation will be stimulated to occur (Skelton & Skelton, 1990).