Hold the Line on Circulatory Problems
You could think of your circulatory system in terms of an assembly line. As the blood moves through the veins, it carries elements that your body needs to maintain health. Just like workers who might grab metal plates, felt pads, or screws from the line as they need them to build a part, the cells in your body grab nutrients from your blood to repair themselves and build new cells. If its motor develops problems, the assembly line slows down and workers clamor for their tools. If your blood vessels become constricted by plaque buildup, circulatory problems develop that slow down blood flow and leave your cells clamoring for oxygen and nutrients.
Diagnosing Poor Circulation
Your skin is opaque so you can’t see how your blood is flowing through your arteries and veins. You most likely prefer it that way, although doctors might sometimes wish they could just see inside without tests! There are several ways, however, to test blood flow: ultrasound, X-ray, or MRI angiography are a few. These, along with your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms, can tell us a lot about what is going on inside your circulatory system.
When poor blood flow is present in your legs and feet, it is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Symptoms of this condition vary. A common one is developing cramps in the thighs, calves, and feet called intermittent claudication. They appear during activity such as walking, and then usually dissipate when you are at rest. You may also notice that your foot feels numb or weak, or has red, shiny skin. Hair may disappear from your legs and toes, and nail growth may slow down. Slow-healing sores could also develop. In the most severe cases, the reduced level of oxygen and nutrients to tissues might not be sufficient to keep the tissues alive, leading to gangrene. If you have any of these symptoms, it is time for a consultation with the podiatrists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York.
How Circulatory Problems Are Treated
Other conditions, like diabetes and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, can cause poor circulation, so treating it involves taking care of these underlying problems. Keeping your blood sugar level under control and relatively constant will go a long way to heading off or managing PAD. There are medications that can alleviate arthritis symptoms as well.
However, the main way to improve the health of your circulatory system and avoid excess plaque is through diet and exercise. Avoiding foods that trigger a buildup of cholesterol is a first step. Getting your blood moving through vigorous exercise helps keep the plaque from attaching to the walls of your blood vessels and hardening or constricting them. Keep your blood pressure under control, too, as too much pressure on the arteries and veins can weaken them. When necessary, we will provide additional treatment, such as medications or vascular surgery, to reverse a significant problem.
Consulting New York’s Experts
Dr. Hal Abrahamson and Dr. Daniel E. Orozco specialize in caring for diabetic feet and providing excellent wound care. Foot ulcers are common complications of poor circulatory problems that should not be ignored. Give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call at one of our three locations: Rego Park, NY (718) 896-4433, Plainview, NY (516) 822-9595, or Flushing, NY (718) 969-2266. You can also request an appointment with our online form. We blend the latest treatment knowledge with over 100 years of combined foot care know-how to bring you the best in podiatric care