Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndromes (PAES)

As Podiatrists we are trained to investigate, diagnose, and treat complications of the Vascular System supplying the lower limb. PAES is commonly under-diagnosed in young, athletic populations. At Northernhay Clinic we utilise our 30 years of experience to screen at risk populations.

Popliteal Artery Entrapment syndrome (PAES) describes the compression of the popliteal artery – the main artery that runs through and behind the knee. Normally, this artery passes between the two heads of the calf muscle and supplies blood to the lower leg. This rare vascular complication that affects people of all ages, although most commonly found in males, restricts blood flow to the lower leg and can result in damage to the lower limb. In each case, the cause of blood flow restriction may differ due to the different types of PAES.

In those we suspect of PAES we may carry out a doppler examination or post-exercise Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) – which when combined with patient history is as specific as diagnostic imaging in most cases.

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