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How to Manage Circulation Problems for Your Feet


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10/1/2015
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Circulation isn't just important for heart health, but your feet.The Texas Department of Transportation is charged with doing the best they can to keep traffic flowing smoothly through the Metroplex communities. When traffic on I-35W, for example, is jammed, people get frustrated and run late for important meetings. Inside your body, blood flow that gets “jammed” or slows down may mean essential nutrients are not reaching your feet or other extremities, so it is important to manage circulation problems when they arise.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the common circulation issue that results in narrowed arteries, which then restrict the blood flow to your feet and toes. Your lower extremities already are the farthest point from the heart—they do not need further complications in getting the blood they need.

You can take steps to improve circulation in your feet on your own. Most of these are simply a matter of making healthy lifestyle changes such as the following:

  • Give up tobacco use. Smoking in particular is a significant contributing factor for both the development and worsening of PAD. This habit is well-known for constricting blood vessels, which has a detrimental effect on circulation. Quitting is a tremendous step in the right direction for managing blood flow.
  • Exercise regularly. A key component in promoting healthy circulation, exercise conditions the muscular system to more efficiently use the oxygen provided in the bloodstream. Physical activity has an almost countless number of benefits, including this important one.
  • Eat healthy food options. Keep the core of your diet centered on heart-healthy foods and ones that improve circulation, like citrus fruits, oats, nuts and seeds, and even dark chocolate. Low-fat dairy, lean meats, legumes, and vegetables at their most unprocessed states will further help to keep your blood flowing in a healthy fashion.

In addition to lifestyle choices, you might need professional help with managing circulation problems. To that end, the objectives are often to relieve symptoms, like leg pain, and to stop atherosclerosis from progressing. In such a case, we may prescribe various medications or even recommend surgery or angioplasty to address the condition.

If you would like more information on the topic or need professional help managing circulation problems, Dallas Podiatry Works is here for you. You can give us a toll-free call at (888) 716-5283 or schedule an appointment to come in and see us at either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices through our online form.

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Dr. David R. Northcutt
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Dr. David Northcutt is a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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