Find out whether your foot problems are the result of poor circulation.
Do you ever notice that your feet or hands are freezing cold? Do you notice cramping or swelling in your feet or legs? Then you might be dealing with poor circulation. From the office of your Indianapolis podiatrist, Dr. Yong Chae, find out more about the symptoms of poor circulation and your treatment options.
What are the telltale symptoms?
Having good circulation is important as it delivers blood throughout the body. Circulation allows your brain to work and your heart to beat. But when blood flow isn’t working as it should, you may start to notice these symptoms in your feet and legs:
- Cramping either during physical activity or while sedentary
- Aching or swelling in the feet and legs
- Chronic coldness
- Feet that easily fall asleep
- Toes that are red, blue or purple
Poor circulation is often the result of another issue like high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol so it’s important that you visit your Indianapolis foot doctor right away at the first sign of a problem.
How do I treat poor circulation?
If poor circulation is caused by another health problem like diabetes you will need to visit a medical doctor to get the proper treatment for this condition to improve blood flow. Of course, there are some lifestyle changes you can adopt to manage your health and improve symptoms:
- Quit smoking
- Get regular exercise
- Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol and keep them both in a healthy range
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time
- Elevate your legs when sitting
- Wear supportive stockings or socks to help improve circulation in your feet and legs
Don’t let poor circulation affect the health of your feet or make it difficult to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. If you are dealing with symptoms of poor circulation then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Active Podiatry in Indianapolis. Call (317) 328-6622 today!