Our feet are always busy, and their constant activity links them to other parts of our bodies in ways that can be surprising to the non-podiatrists out there. One crucial connection deserves a spotlight: The relationship between circulatory health and the well-being of your feet and ankles.
CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists will always take the extra step towards better patient education, and this blog post will honor that goal. To kick things off, we’re going to look at three of the most common issues that arise from poor circulation to the lower extremities. Read on to learn why prioritizing good circulation is critical to podiatric health.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD):
- When arteries supplying blood to your legs narrow, PAD arises. This can lead to pain, numbness, and even tissue death in severe cases.
- Early signs like leg cramps, aching feet, and temperature changes in your toes can alert you to potential PAD.
- Don't ignore these signs! Consult your podiatrist and doctor for prompt diagnosis and treatment, which will help to prevent complications like gangrene.
- This condition causes blood vessels to spasm in response to cold or stress, restricting blood flow.
- Fingers and toes, including those on your feet, become blanched or blue, feeling painfully cold or numb.
- While not as severe as PAD, Raynauds can be uncomfortable and impact your quality of life. Consult your doctor to explore management options like lifestyle modifications and medications.
Diabetic Foot Complications:
- Diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels, impacting circulation in the feet.
- This can lead to decreased sensation, delayed wound healing, and increased risk of infections.
- If you are diabetic, meticulous foot care, regular podiatric checkups, and strict blood sugar control are crucial to prevent severe complications like diabetic foot ulcers and amputations.
Boosting your circulation can help forestall or prevent these issues effectively, so don’t discount the value of simple steps like better diet, exercise, and stress management. Quitting smoking will make a world of difference, too!
If you have any concerns about your circulatory health or would like more information on how to protect your feet and ankles, contact award-winning podiatrist Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.