Thursday, 01 June 2023 19:56

poor circulationPoor circulation is what podiatrists call a condition where blood does not easily circulate to, through, and from the feet. There are many things an individual may consider doing while consulting with their podiatrist that can help to increase circulation in the feet. For example, a medical professional may make the determination that performing a foot massage could mitigate poor circulation. Performing a specific type of foot massage is essentially a method that can stimulate the muscles. In addition to potentially improving circulation, having a foot massage done can also be a way for a patient to analyze their feet for any potential concerning signs. If you struggle with poor circulation in the feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist about foot massages.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Health CenterOur doctors will treat all of your podiatric needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood that can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

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 Dothan, AL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your podiatric needs.

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Thursday, 25 May 2023 15:55

pregnancy swollen feet 2 ssThe entire body changes during pregnancy, and the feet are no exception. Many women notice their feet have grown, which may be attributed to pregnancy hormones the body produces. As the pregnancy progresses, the feet may become swollen, and the arches may flatten as additional weight is gained. Relief may be found when shoes that are worn have a low heel and healthy foods are consumed. It is helpful to refrain from eating salty foods, and frequently elevating the feet may reduce the swelling. Swollen feet may also be a symptom of poor circulation, which may happen from the body recirculating extra fluid that is needed by the growing fetus. It is beneficial to stay as active as possible, drink plenty of water daily, and sleep on the left side. If you have additional questions about how pregnancy can affect the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Health CenterOur doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Dothan, AL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your podiatric needs.

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Thursday, 18 May 2023 20:58

athletes foot 2Athlete's foot is a particular foot condition that is essentially a fungal infection. Caused by a fungus, athlete's foot is characterized by scaly skin texture and redness. Many patients often wonder who can develop athlete's foot. The answer is that athlete’s foot can develop in someone regardless of their age, sex, or race. Importantly, there are certain things that can make an individual more susceptible to developing athlete’s foot. For example, if you are someone that spends a significant amount of time not wearing shoes in warm, moist, public areas, then you might be at a higher risk of developing athlete’s foot. To learn more about this condition and receive any treatment that might be necessary, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Health CenterOur doctors will treat your podiatric needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory-style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Dothan, AL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your podiatric needs.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2023 00:00

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

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