Are your feet and hands constantly cold? You may have poor circulation. Peter Y. Siroka, D.P.M., your Stamford, CT, podiatrist discusses symptoms of the problem and explains how you can find relief.
What are the symptoms of poor circulation?
If blood doesn't flow through your body efficiently, you may notice that:
- You experience pain or swelling in your feet and legs that increase with activity.
- Your legs and feet cramp frequently whether you're active or resting.
- You notice that your feet "fall asleep" quickly or that your muscles feel heavy.
- You become fatigued easily when walking.
- Your legs and feet tingle.
- Your toenails are thicker than normal.
- Wounds on your feet or legs take a long time to heal.
- You have reduced hair growth on your legs.
- Your hands and feet are often cold.
- Your toes are red, blue or purple.
Poor circulation should not be ignored
If you have any of these symptoms, it's important to see your Stamford, CT foot doctor as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem may lead to blood clots, permanent damage to your veins or even heart attacks or strokes. Poor circulation can be caused by a variety of health problems, ranging from peripheral vascular disease to high blood pressure to deep vein thrombosis.
Treatment can help relieve poor circulation symptoms
When you visit your Stamford, CT podiatrist, he'll perform a thorough examination and may measure your pulse in your legs, feet and the blood pressure in your ankles and legs. Non-invasive tests, such as an ultrasound or magnetic resonance angiography, may be used to measure the blood flow in your feet and legs.
In many cases, treating underlying conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can help improve your circulation. Prescription medication can help reduce pain, improve blood flow or decrease the risk of blood clots. If you have a blockage in an artery, surgery may be needed to restore blood flow.
You may also benefit from:
- Taking short walks throughout the day if you sit for long periods of time
- Making exercise a part of your daily routine
- Quitting smoking
- Wearing compression stockings to help increase blood flow
- Using massage devices on your legs to improve circulation
Peter Y. Siroka, DPM, your Stamford, CT, podiatrist, can diagnose the cause of your circulation problem and recommend treatment options. Call him at (203) 614-8185 to schedule an appointment.