Millions of Canadians suffer from the lifelong disease of diabetes, and with it, common foot complications such as poor blood circulation. Why does diabetes cause your circulation to decrease? Diabetes increases the amount of plaque, build-up, and inflammation in the walls of your arteries, which causes them to narrow. This results in restricted blood flow to the lower extremities such as your feet. Taking extra precaution when it comes to your blood sugar levels and the condition of your feet is crucial to successfully manage your diabetes and to prevent severe health consequences such as amputation from occurring.
How do you know if you have poor circulation in your feet? Below are common symptoms of poor circulation due to diabetes:
- Cramping, aching, or fatigue in the legs or feet
- Swollen feet or legs
- Cold feet that create a pins-and-needles sensation during sleep
- Varicose veins or spider veins on either legs
- Blood clots due to decreased motion for extended periods of time
If you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s time to take action right away in order to gain control and help improve your circulation. Chiropodist Tony Abbott is expertly trained to help treat foot complications due to diabetes. Tony can evaluate your condition and recommend the right treatment to prevent it from worsening.
Proper exercise and diet can significantly help manage your circulation and diabetes condition. However, the following products are known to be helpful for circulation treatment as well, which include:
- Compression socks. With a specially designed elastic lining that prevents blood flow blockage from occurring.
- Foot resting products. Leg elevators, bed wedges, and leg wedges are all products that can be used to improve circulation during time spent resting.
- Footwear. Custom orthotics can be made to meet your specific needs. Making simple changes such as wearing shoes with adjustable laces that won’t restrict blood flow can be helpful as well.
For more information and tips on how to promote circulation in your feet, contact our office to set up an appointment with Tony today.
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