Over 4,000 diabetics in the UK are at risk of having an amputation because they do not go for their annual National Health Service (NHS) checks. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that everyone with diabetes should be tested each year.
Diabetics are at risk for high blood-glucose levels that can cause nerve damage, poor circulation, and reduced feeling in their feet and legs. This in turn can lead to the development of very serious foot problems such as ulcers, which can result in amputation.
Diseases that cause poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see Dr. Jeff Wachtel, D.P.M., of Wachtel Family Foot Care. Dr. Wachtel will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.
Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:
-numbness in legs
-slower nail & hair growth
Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.
If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.