Do you have poor circulation in your lower extremities? if you do, you are at risk for the development of blood clots, unnoticed foot injuries and more. Your podiatrists in Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem, PA, Dr. Robert Diamond and his professional colleagues at Diamond Podiatry, carefully assess individuals who complain of symptoms associated with poor blood flow to the feet and ankles. They help people improve the health of their lower extremities and keep them moving toward optimal health.
What are the symptoms of poor circulation?
The symptoms of poor circulation in the feet and legs vary from person to person. However, in general, people who come to Diamond Podiatry with limited blood flow complain of:
- Tingling and loss of sensation in the feet
- Aching and cramping after standing or walking
- Swelling of the feet
- Cold feet and hands
- Varicolse veins (thick, prominent, rope-like blood vessels
Symptoms may be limited, or they may be serious enough to indicate blockages in the arteries of the feet and legs (Peripheral Artery Disease), says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Problems with the arteries which pump oxygenated blood from the heart to other parts of the body may become blocked with plaque related to high cholesterol.
Unfortunately, some lifestyle habits result in circulatory issues. People who eat a poor diet (low in protein, fiber and calcium) and who are overweight generally experience poor blood flow. Also, individuals who are sedentary and rarely engage in even simple exercise develop incompetent valves in their veins (varicose veins).
Individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are at risk, too. Of course, doctors add circulatory problems to the long list of adverse health effects smokers experience.
How your podiatrist in Macungie, Quakertown, and Bethlehem, PA can help
Dr. Diamond will perform a complete podiatric exam on your feet and legs. Then, according to his findings and your specific needs and health history, he'll recommend treatments to increase the blood flow in your feet. If he believes you're at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots), Peripheral Artery Disease or varicose veins that require surgery, he will refer you to the appropriate specialist for treatment.
For simpler circulatory problems, Dr. Diamond recommends:
- Smoking cessation
- Blood sugar and blood pressure control
- Regular exercise
- Good supportive shoes and stockings
- Elevating the legs as needed
Come see us
If you have questions or concerns about the health of your feet and ankles, please contact Diamond Podiatry for a consultation with one of our highly qualified and compassionate podiatrists. You'll get the personal attention you need to get you on your feet again. Choose any one of our three offices:
- Bethlehem or Macungie, PA (610) 865-0311
- Quakertown, PA (215) 529-5222