Foot Pain from Blood Flow and Circulation Problems
If you can’t seem to get rid of foot pain, your foot’s blood circulation could be the problem, and a foot pain specialist might be the best solution.
It’s common to experience discomfort for many reasons, but poor circulation can lead to numerous health problems which may worsen over time if you don’t consult with a specialist. High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol are all causes of poor circulation. Smokers are also at a high risk for poor circulation.
Reduced blood flow delivers less oxygen to all parts of the body. If you don’t treat poor circulation, it can lead to worse physical symptoms and/or other events down the road.
Symptoms Leading to Foot Pain
Poor circulation can cause the following foot pain symptoms:
- Weakness or numbness in your legs.
- Toenail growth slows down.
- Toe, foot, or leg wound which doesn’t heal well.
- Claudication is a painful cramp in the hips, thighs, or calves after exercising (narrowed or blocked arteries or veins).
- Changes in skin color or shiny legs.
- Legs and feet feeling cold compared to other parts of the body.
- A pulse not being able to be felt in your legs or feet.
- Loss of hair or slower hair growth on your feet and legs.
All About Circulation: Veins, Foot Pain, and More
Foot pain can be caused by several issues, such as sprains, obesity, pregnancy, fractures, tendinitis, or nerve damage — which is why seeing a foot pain specialist should be a priority.
The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. Keeping circulation flowing in our legs is made possible by valves in our vessels. Over time, those vessels stretch and those valves lose their efficiency. In turn, blood and waste products pool in our legs, causing different symptoms of foot pain.
Diabetes, varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and obesity can all cause poor circulation to one’s feet.
Circulatory conditions such as peripheral artery disease cause narrowing of blood vessels and arteries. Plaque buildup reduces or stops blood flow. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, calcium and fibrous tissue. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is caused by plaque that narrows and stiffens the arteries. Varicose veins, nerve damage, tissue damage, and numbness are all caused by reduced blood flow to one’s extremities.
A condition called “varicose veins,” or “venous insufficiency,” is when the venous system struggles to return blood from the legs to the heart and lungs. You’ll usually find these on the back of the legs, where they look gnarled and engorged. Because the damaged veins can’t move blood as efficiently, poor circulation can happen.
You can have diabetes and have poor circulation in certain parts of your body, including your feet. Especially during times of activity, diabetics often complain of cramps in their legs, calves, thighs, and buttocks. Sometimes diabetics don’t recognize the signs of poor circulation.
Being obese puts a lot of strain on your body. Standing or sitting for hours can be bad for your circulation, especially if you’re overweight.
Ultrasound: Your Non-Invasive Start to Ending Foot Pain
You should see a foot pain specialist so you can get a proper diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. We’re happy to help you find the right treatment for your foot pain at Wellness & Pain.
An ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the inside of the body in 10 minutes. A painless test can diagnose most sources of discomfort. Sonographers use a small device to move a gel over the area of interest during a 10-minute ultrasound. Your body bounces sound waves off tissues and organs. A computer screen will then display the images created by the reflected sound waves.
Ultrasounds are safe and effective for diagnosing your unique situation. A foot pain specialist will use an ultrasound to figure out the cause of one’s pain.
Take Care of Your Feet at Wellness and Pain
You should see a foot pain specialist right away if you’re experiencing discomfort that’s affecting your life. At Wellness and Pain, a quick ultrasound will help diagnose your foot pain. That way we can treat it accordingly. Chances are you will feel better and live a healthier and more active life once you know your options and receive treatment.
Now is the time to find a remedy for your intense foot pain.
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