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Symptoms of Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet manifests through various symptoms, possibly indicating underlying health issues. Cold feet are a common sign, often accompanied by tingling or numbness due to reduced blood flow. Swelling can occur as fluid accumulates, causing discomfort and making it difficult to wear shoes. Pain and a sense of heaviness in the feet may also develop, impacting mobility and daily activities. Discoloration, such as a bluish or pale hue, suggests insufficient oxygen supply. Additionally, poor circulation can lead to itchy rashes or dry skin, exacerbating discomfort. Improving circulation through lifestyle changes, medical treatments, and proper foot care may alleviate these issues. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat poor circulation.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM of Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Thyroid disease can lead to various foot conditions that impact daily comfort and mobility. Cracked heels are a common issue, resulting from dry skin associated with an underactive thyroid. Itchy feet may also occur due to the same dryness and reduced circulation. Cold feet are another symptom, as thyroid disorders often lead to poor blood flow. Swelling in the feet and ankles can arise from fluid retention linked to thyroid imbalance. Additionally, foot cramps are frequent due to disrupted electrolyte balance and nerve function. These symptoms highlight the need for thyroid management and regular foot care. Moisturizing regularly, wearing supportive footwear, and monitoring foot health can alleviate discomfort. If you suffer from a thyroid disorder and have problematic foot conditions, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and treatment options.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM from Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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A broken foot, or foot fracture, refers to a break or crack in one or more of the bones in the foot. This injury can result from various causes, including trauma from a fall, a direct blow, or an accident. Sports activities that involve running, jumping, or sudden changes in direction can also lead to fractures due to the high stress placed on the bones. Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, can make them more susceptible to fractures even with minor impacts. Symptoms of a broken foot include immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight. Proper diagnosis and treatment is critical to ensure the bones heal correctly. Treatment options range from immobilization with a cast or splint to, in severe cases, surgical intervention. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Glenn Aufseeser, DPM from Lakewood Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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