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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Poor circulation in the feet and lower legs can be caused by several common health issues that impact blood flow. One of these health issues is peripheral artery disease, or PAD, where arteries narrow due to plaque buildup. This reduces blood supply to the lower limbs and feet. Diabetes can also contribute to circulation problems because changing blood sugar levels damages blood vessels, reducing their ability to transport blood efficiently. Obesity can also contribute by putting strain on the circulatory system, and sedentary lifestyles further hinder blood flow. Smoking is another major risk factor for poor circulation in the feet, as it causes constriction and hardening of the arteries. Symptoms of poor circulation include cold feet, numbness, tingling, swelling, and in severe cases, pain and skin color changes. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, can help you manage and mitigate the effects of poor circulation. If you have any symptoms of poor circulation in the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for care. 

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Glenn Davison, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Maintaining a safe work environment is essential in protecting yourself from the risk of falls, which can result in injuries and productivity disruptions. Implementing effective fall prevention measures is vital for ensuring workplace safety. Start by conducting a thorough risk assessment to identify potential hazards, such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, or inadequate lighting. Implementing proper housekeeping practices, including promptly cleaning up spills and removing obstacles from walkways, can significantly reduce the risk of falls. Ask your employer to provide appropriate safety equipment, such as non-slip footwear, harnesses, and guardrails for elevated work areas to further safety. If you have fallen at work and have injured your feet or ankles from working on your feet, it is suggested that you seek expert advice from a podiatrist who can effectively treat these injuries.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 12 May 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Swollen feet, a common and often uncomfortable condition, can stem from various factors. One primary cause is fluid retention, which occurs when excess fluid accumulates in the tissues, leading to swelling and puffiness. This fluid buildup can result from prolonged standing or sitting, particularly in hot weather, as well as hormonal changes during pregnancy or menstruation. Additionally, certain medical conditions, such as heart failure, kidney disease, or liver problems, can impair the body's ability to regulate fluid levels and contribute to swelling in the feet and ankles. Injuries such as sprains or fractures may also lead to swelling as the body responds to tissue damage and inflammation. Furthermore, lifestyle factors like obesity or poor circulation can exacerbate swelling in the lower extremities. Identifying the underlying cause of swollen feet is essential for proper management and treatment, which may include lifestyle modifications, medication, or medical intervention to address the root issue and alleviate discomfort. A podiatrist can determine the cause of swollen feet. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you confer with this foot doctor who can offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Glenn Davison, DPM of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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