If blood circulation is healthy, blood flows from the legs to the heart. Prolonged sitting or standing can lead to swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet. This is edema, or the buildup of fluid in the legs and feet. This is often a benign condition but can indicate a serious medical condition. Some of the more severe causes of edema in legs and feet are failure of the heart, liver, or kidneys. Those with the medical conditions above, pregnant woman, older people, and those undergoing long recovery periods from surgery are more at risk for edema in their lower extremities. Treatment for swelling, regardless of cause, is compression, elevation, exercise, weight loss, and a reduction of salt in the diet. If the swelling in your feet and ankles is persistent, the cause is not known, or you start having pain as a result, consult with a podiatrist to find out what might be going on and to discuss a treatment plan.
While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM of Achilles Footcare Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.
Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:
- Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
- Muscle Cramps
Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.
As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.