Do I really have poor circulation in my feet?
It isn’t always easy to notice the warning signs of bad circulation. After all, it’s normal to feel a lack of sensation in your feet during cold winter days or to notice some aching and tiredness when standing for long periods of time; however, signs of poor circulation in the feet include:
- A “pins and needles” sensation in your feet
- Changes in the color of your feet
- Cold feet
- Numbness or tingling
What causes poor circulation in the feet?
There are many reasons that people may develop poor circulation in their feet as they get older. Some causes can’t be helped but others are due to health conditions or bad habits. Causes of poor circulation include:
- Age: As we get older most people will deal with some degree of decreased blood flow.
- Inactive lifestyle: If you lead a sedentary lifestyle you are more likely to deal with blood flow issues, especially as you get older. We see this most often in seniors who have mobility issues and can’t stay active.
- Overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese also puts a lot of stress on the body, causing the heart to work harder to pump out blood to the rest of the body including the feet.
- Smoking: Smoking restricts blood flow, which makes it more difficult for blood to reach the feet. Smoking can also increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
- Diabetes: Diabetes can increase your risk for inflammation, poor circulation, and even nerve damage in the feet (known as neuropathy). You must work with your doctor and a podiatrist to control your blood sugar to reduce your risk.
Orthotics are a comfortable way to correct many podiatric problems. Also called customized shoe inserts, orthotics may support the ankles or pad your heels. If you have fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, or deformities from arthritis or diabetes, ask your podiatrist at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine and Springfield OH. Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons have innovative ways to use orthotics for maximum effect.
What are orthotics?
Orthotics are pads, insoles, or braces which support, protect, and stabilize your feet or ankles. Made from rigid, semi-rigid, or soft materials, these podiatric devices relieve pressure and pain and can control motions which stress your bones and connective tissues. These devices correct gait problems and ensure wounds and ulcers heal.
What custom orthotics are right for you?
Much depends on the diagnosis from your podiatrist in his Bellefontaine, OH, office. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) says you should bring your shoes to your consultation. Your foot doctor will ask about your problem, take X-rays as needed, and examine your feet. He or she may watch you walk or do a simple evaluation called gait analysis.
As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, orthotics can alleviate the stresses which precipitate and increase many foot and ankle conditions. Your podiatrist will take a plaster mold of your feet for precision fabrication of your orthotics from premium-grade synthetic materials.
Conditions helped by orthotics include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Diabetic wounds
- Shin splints
- Neuromas (benign tumors associated with the nerves in the foot)
- Flat feet
- Toeing in and out
- Knee and hip pain
You'll wear your orthotics as Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jennings, or Dr. Simmons directs. You'll find you adjust to them quickly, and you'll reap the benefits of reduced pain, better mobility, and decreased risk for injury.
Let us help you with orthotics
At Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, our three podiatrists enjoy making their patients feel better and participate in active lives. Orthotics are one way to achieve those goals, and the devices are highly successful.
For more information, call us for a consultation with Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons. For the Bellefontaine office, call (937) 599-3668. For the Springfield, OH, office, call (937) 322-3346.
How your podiatrists in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, can help with foot and ankle pain
If you are struggling with foot and ankle pain, you already know how it can impact your life. It can make it hard to get through your daily activities. Foot and ankle pain can even make it difficult to stand and walk around. It can impact your ability to work, and it can keep you from enjoying your life.
The good news is, your podiatrist can help you feel better. The podiatrists at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists, Drs. Eric Anderson, Richard Jennings, and Melitta Simmons offer a wide range of foot and ankle medical care services, so you can get back to enjoying your day. They have two convenient office locations in Bellefontaine, and Springfield, OH, to help you.
There are many reasons why you have foot and ankle pain. The pain could be due to an injury from sports, an accident, or a sudden fall. Foot and ankle pain can range from mild to severe, intermittent to chronic, and everything in between.
You can try some easy home remedies to deal with mild foot and ankle pain. Consider:
- Placing ice on the affected area to reduce swelling
- Elevating your feet and ankles to give them a rest
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
If your foot and ankle pain is moderate to severe and doesn’t get better with simple remedies, it’s time to visit your foot and ankle pain specialist in Bellefontaine. Your podiatrist will do a thorough examination of your feet and ankles and may recommend x-rays and other imaging studies to help diagnose what is causing your foot and ankle pain. Depending on what is causing your pain, your podiatrist may recommend:
- A walking cast, crutches, or other devices to immobilize or help take the stress off of your feet and ankles
- Prescription-strength pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy and stretching to restore flexibility and range-of-motion
- Custom footwear and orthotics to reduce stress and maintain proper foot and ankle alignment
- Surgery for severe cases caused by torn ligaments or broken bones
Foot and ankle pain can make you miserable, but relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of foot and ankle pain, talk with Drs. Eric Anderson, Richard Jennings, and Melitta Simmons. Call the podiatrists at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists. You can reach them in Bellefontaine, OH, at (937) 599-3668, or in Springfield, OH, at (937) 322-3346, so call today!
- Pain at the ball of the foot near the big toe
- Pain when bending or straightening the big toe
- Pain that comes up gradually
How is sesamoiditis treated?
The good news is that this inflammatory condition can be treated with rest and home care designed to ease the inflamed tendon or muscle. At-home care for sesamoiditis looks like:
- Avoiding any activities that put pressure on the foot
- Taking a pain reliever such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing supportive shoes with ample cushioning
- Applying ice to the foot for 10-15 minutes every few hours
- Avoiding shoes with pointed toes or high heels
If you are experiencing severe or persistent foot pain, you must seek podiatry care from a qualified foot and ankle specialist. Foot pain should not go ignored. Call your podiatrist today.
Clean Feet Daily
It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.
Keep Feet Moisturized
You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.
Trim Nails Properly
If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.
Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.
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