Ocean County Diagnostics

What We Do

Ocean County Diagnostics is a noninvasive testing facility for the evaluation of the circulation of the lower extremities. Our state-of-the-art equipment and technicians are certified by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for vascular testing of problems with peripheral circulation, or the blood flow to the hips, thighs, legs, ankles and/or feet.

PAD

Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, affects the arterial side of the circulation that nourishes the tissues with oxygen-rich and nutrient-rich blood. If poor peripheral circulation is left untreated it can cause narrowing of the blood vessels or even blockages that lead to serious disorders.
Symptoms may include:

  • Cramping, pain or tiredness in the hip, pain in the thigh or calf muscles while walking or climbing stairs, known as claudication
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially while laying down
  • Sores on the toes or difficulty healing open wounds on the feet or legs
  • Change in color or hair loss in the legs
  • No pulse or weak pulse in legs or feet

Risks

Circulation problems can affect patients’ health and their quality of life if left untreated.
This may include:

  • Inability to walk without experiencing pain
  • Chronic swelling or chronic open wounds
  • Varicose veins
  • Kidney damage
  • Higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke
  • Gangrene and subsequent amputation

Venous Disease

In contrast to peripheral arterial disease (PAD), the circulation that brings the nutrient-poor and oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart is called the venous side of the circulation. Problems with this side of the circulation are known as venous insufficiency and has many different associated conditions.

  • Varicose veins
  • Blood clots, also known as DVT or deep venous thrombosis
  • Venous reflux
  • Chronic venous ulceration
  • Chronic swelling or edema
  • Spider veins

Circulation problems are first detected by a physical exam and patient history. Risk factors leading to circulation problems include diabetes, smoking, obesity, hypertension, age greater than 50, family history and elevated homocysteine levels. Circulation problems will be evaluated by physical testing such as:

  • Ankle brachial index, which compares the blood pressure in your ankle with blood pressure in your arm
  • Ultrasound, evaluating blood flow and identifying blocked or narrowed arteries
  • Angiogram, identifying blood vessel narrowing or blocked areas in the arteries via X-rays, and contrast dye.

Take the Quiz

Take the quiz below to see if you suffer from syptoms involving peripheral vascular disease.

  • Do you have pain in your hip, thigh or calf muscles while walking or performing a mild degree of exercise?
  • Do you have leg numbness or weakness?
  • Are your feet or legs cold, especially while lying down?
  • Do you have a sore that is difficult to heal on your feet or legs?
  • Have you had a significant swelling of your legs?

If so, and you are concerned of peripheral vascular disease, tell your healthcare professional or contact our facility for an evaluation and a recommendation if testing is needed.

"Its our mission to provide patients the best possible care for disease affecting the foot, ankle, and leg and restore them to the best quality of life possible."

Ocean County Diagnostics Toms River
Call us at any of our New Jersey locations to set up an appointment!

TOMS RIVER:

54 Bey Lea Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
Tel: (732) 505-4500
Fax: (732) 505-6457

FORKED RIVER:

638 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
Tel: (732) 693-3202
Fax: (609) 693-7865

WHITING:

61 Lacey Road
Whiting, NJ 08759
Tel: (732) 350-2424
Fax: (732) 350-2444