Standing out on a cold winter day often provides a good indication of just how challenging it can be for our bodies to provide circulation to our feet. Being the farthest appendages from the main pumping center of the heart, and often fighting gravity on the way back, it takes more effort to get oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood out to our toes.
In cases of climate or stress, this can mean your feet getting cold first. If conditions such as diabetes or PAD have caused a deterioration in circulation, however, the effects can be more severe. Reduced blood flow to the feet can result in gradual damage to the nerves and diminished healing of cuts and wounds. No matter where you are in life, keeping mind of ways to increase circulation in your feet counts.
Keep Moving… Exercising regularly (within physician-recommended boundaries of course) is an obvious way to increase circulation to the feet, but you don’t have to run a marathon. Simply remembering to get up and move a bit every hour or so has positive effects.
…But Don’t Be Afraid to Put Your Feet Up. Remember when we talked about gravity adding to the challenge of circulation? When sitting, putting your legs up in a recliner can ease some of this burden.
Have a Massage. Work your feet with gentle, circular motions, traveling from your heels to your toes. This is also a great opportunity to check your feet for signs of diabetes-related damage.
Make Good Lifestyle Choices. Smoking wreaks havoc on circulation. If you smoke, stop. It also pays to keep blood sugar under control (and a diabetes-healthy diet is a healthy diet for just about everyone).
If poor circulation in your feet has caused problems such as nerve pain, Sunshein Podiatry Associates can help. In addition to helping you tailor a good at-home plan that takes your needs and lifestyle into mind, we also provide treatments such as Neurogenx that can help restore nerves and relieve pain. Call our Centerville office today at (937) 435-7477 for more information or to schedule an appointment for any foot or ankle concerns you may have.