How do you fix poor circulation in your feet?

October 15, 2018 • • foot care

How do you fix poor circulation in your feet?

Diabetic foot care is extremely important for people who suffer from diabetes. Diabetics are prone to developing numerous problems with their feet, including poor circulation. At first, you may not realize you even have poor circulation in your feet because diabetes can cause a lot of odd sensations throughout the body. Peripheral Arterial Disease is a common complication for diabetics that can be the cause of the poor circulation in your feet. Another common cause is neuropathy, both of these conditions are caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels for extended periods of time. This can be a real problem for people who went months or even years not knowing they had diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes is more common than most people realize. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 7.2 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year in the United States. Not only can poor circulation cause cold feet and pain, but it can also lead to diabetic foot ulcers that do not heal, and sometimes result in the loss of the foot. As a diabetic, it is important that you try and fix the poor circulation in your feet.

Tips to improve circulation in your feet

Diabetics should inspect their feet daily for swelling, cuts, red marks/spots, blisters, scratches, and cuts. Whenever you visit your doctor you should have your feet examined.
  • If you smoke – quit, smoking decreases blood circulation.
  • Make sure you follow your diet and keep your blood sugar within an acceptable range.
  • Exercise if you’re unable to do specific exercises ask your doctor to suggest exercises that are suitable for your abilities.
  • If you are overweight – lose weight.
  • Wear comfortable good-fitting shoes, never walk around barefoot you need to protect your feet.
  • While sitting raise your feet
  • Don’t sit for long periods of time, get up and move around
  • Wear compression stockings

Medical Treatments to help improve poor circulation in your feet

Blood-thinning medications help the blood flow easier through the body improving circulation. Pentoxifylline is also commonly prescribed it allows for the blood to flow more smoothly in small vessels such as the ones in the feet and toes. There are creams that can help blood flow they open the vessels wider which helps the blood flow easier. Surgery is the most invasive treatment and depends on several factors. If the diabetic also suffers from nerve compression, pad (peripheral arterial disease) and/or neuropathy a vascular surgeon may suggest angioplasty to put stents in and open up the blood vessels which in return will allow the blood to flow more freely and improve the blood flow in the diabetic foot. Biofeedback with assisted relaxation is another option it can be taught to the patient in one session and then they can continue on their own at home. This therapy relaxes the entire body allows the blood to flow naturally which increase the circulation. There are several types of medical and natural treatments to fix poor circulation in diabetics. Just be sure to always let your doctor know what treatments you are currently doing so the two of you are always on the same page and working together on your diabetic foot care.

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