Circulation and Your Feet

Adequate blood circulation is absolutely essential for our body to function properly. Circulation benefits our cells in two ways: by supplying them with oxygen and nutrients, and by clearing them of carbon dioxide and other waste. Our legs and feet are packed with muscles and tissues, which means that they require constant blood flow to keep you up and moving.

Ischemic foot is the term used to describe inadequate blood flow from the heart to the feet. Poor circulation may occur when blood vessels narrow due to stress or cold temperatures, as is the case in Raynaud’s disease. It may also occur when plaque buildup over time causes a blockage in one or more arteries. Signs and symptoms of poor circulation include coldness, discoloration, tingling, and cramping. Individuals with poor circulation, including diabetics, may be more prone to ulcers because wounds do not heal as easily without proper blood flow.

Here are a few simple suggestions for maintaining good circulation throughout your body:

  • Avoid smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • Reduce your intake of foods that raise blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Do exercises that increase blood flow to the feet, like walking or running
  • Break up long periods of sitting by standing up and doing some quick stretches
  • Keep your extremities bundled up when it starts to become cold outside

Most people are able to manage symptoms of poor circulation on their own. However, inadequate blood flow to the feet could become troublesome later in life, which is why it is important to seek the advice of a professional. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry can suggest lifestyle changes or prescribe medications to improve circulation and keep you active. He also takes special interest in diabetic foot care for diabetics experiencing circulation issues. Patients of all ages in Central New York can also come to Dr. D’Amico if they are having problems with heel pain, athlete’s foot, sprained ankles, and much more. Our staff cannot wait to assist you and your family! Please contact us or call our Fayetteville office at (315) 446-3668 for questions or appointments!

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