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Common Reasons Your Circulation Slows Down

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An accident that shuts down a lane of traffic on Hwy-183, which cuts through the heart of Dallas, can be frustrating for drivers, especially during rush hour. The heavy volume of traffic, along with the sudden lack of road to support it, creates a bad situation. 

Traffic flow is actually a lot like the circulation that happens within your body. The cars going back and forth between home and work (or any other destination) can represent the blood that leaves the heart full of oxygen and then returns to be replenished. In the same way that a closed lane affects traffic, poor circulation certainly affects the human body.

The most common cause of circulatory issues is peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This condition develops as fatty deposits form on the artery walls, thus narrowing the vessels and impairing blood flow. Preventing PAD is often a matter of making healthy lifestyle choices, including eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and quitting smoking.

Another issue that can restrict blood flow is the development of blood clots. There are various reasons why clots may develop—smoking, surgery, genetics, and prolonged bed rest are a couple of examples—but when they form in the legs or arms it can impact circulation. When discovered early, blood clots can usually be successfully treated.

Diabetes poses a wide range of problems for affected individuals, including the development of PAD. Those who are afflicted with this disease have to give special attention to their feet so that the combination of PAD and peripheral neuropathy do not lead to serious issues.

One more common circulation problem is Raynaud’s disease. This condition is a bit mysterious in the fact that the reason behind it is not understood at this time. What we do know is that causes the tiny arteries found in toes and feet to narrow, which impacts the vessels’ ability to allow normal levels of blood flow.

Poor circulation can lead to issues throughout the body, but especially in your feet and ankles (the farthest points from the heart). When you notice symptoms of any of the common circulatory issues in your lower appendages, contact Dallas Podiatry Works and we can create a treatment plan to attack the problem. Schedule your appointment at either our Plano or Dallas, TX offices through our online form or give us a toll-free call today at (888) 716-5283.

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Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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