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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Poor circulation can cause various signs and symptoms that suggest a problem with blood flow. Some of the most common symptoms include cold or numb feet and toes, which can make the feel unusually cold to the touch. You might also experience tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation. Additional symptoms of poor circulation include swelling in the lower legs and feet, as well as changes in skin color, such as turning pale or blue. Poor circulation can contribute to cramping or pain in your legs and feet, especially after physical activity. One common cause of poor circulation is atherosclerosis, where fatty deposits build up in your arteries, narrowing them and restricting blood flow. Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue, usually while participating in physical activity. Regular check-ups and a healthy lifestyle can help manage and prevent atherosclerosis. If you notice any of these symptoms of poor circulation in the feet, it's suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to address the issue. 

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. John L. Coleman of Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be 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. This can restrict 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.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those 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 maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

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 office located in Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot ulcers are a serious concern for individuals with diabetes. Ulcers in the lower extremities are caused by many factors, including nerve damage and poor circulation. These are common complications of diabetes. When a wound or sore develops on the foot, decreased feeling caused by neuropathy can make it difficult to notice. This can lead to delays in treatment and allow time for the wound to worsen. On top of that, impaired circulation interferes with the body's ability to heal, causing diabetic foot ulcers to heal more slowly and become more prone to infection. Without proper care, diabetic foot ulcers can become severe, potentially leading to serious problems such as tissue damage and even amputation. Diabetics need to prioritize foot care as part of their management plan. This includes daily foot inspections, appropriate footwear, maintaining blood sugar levels, and seeking immediate medical attention for any foot complications. Podiatrists play an important role in managing diabetic foot ulcers with specialized care and treatment to promote healing and prevent further complications. If you have developed a diabetic foot ulcer, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist immediately for an exam and treatment.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus often develops in distinct stages, progressing gradually if left untreated. Initially, it may appear as a small white or yellow spot under the nail tip. As the infection advances, the nail may thicken and take on a yellowish hue, spreading deeper into the nail bed. Without intervention, the fungus continues its relentless progression, causing the nail to become brittle and crumble at the edges. As the infection worsens, the nail may darken in color, emitting a foul odor, and detachment from the nail bed becomes a possibility. This advanced stage not only affects the appearance of the nail but also brings discomfort and potential complications. Recognizing the signs early on is essential for effective treatment. Consulting a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and guidance is necessary to halt the progression and prevent further damage. If you notice toenail fungus developing, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can prescribe medication for a complete healing.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. John L. Coleman of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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