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By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
August 14, 2018
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Poor Circulation  

Are you experiencing numbness, tingling, or discolorations in your feet?


Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatrist, as many of these conditions can be serious or cause further complications to your health.

Causes of Poor Circulation

There are many reasons why someone may have poor circulation. The most common conditions include:

1. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

This causes poor circulation in the legs due to a narrowing in the arteries and blood vessels. Over time this condition can cause damage to nerves or tissue. While this condition can occur in younger people, particularly smokers, it’s more common for people over 50 years old to develop PAD.

2. Blood Clots

A blood clot causes a block or restriction in blood flow and can develop anywhere in the body. The most common places for a blood clot include the arms or the legs, which can lead to symptoms of poor circulation. In some cases, a blood clot can cause serious complications such as a stroke.

3. Diabetes

While this condition does affect blood sugar levels, it is also known to affect circulation within the body. Those with circulation issues may experience cramping in the legs that may get worse when you are active. Those with diabetic neuropathy may experience nerve damage in the legs and feet, as well as numbness or tingling.

4. Raynaud’s Disease

A less common condition, Raynaud’s disease causes chronic cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of the arteries in the hands and toes. Since these arteries are narrow it’s more difficult for blood to flow to these areas, leading to poor circulation. Of course, you may experience these symptoms in other parts of the body besides your toes or fingers, such as your nose, ears, or lips.

Warning Signs of Poor Circulation

You may be experiencing poor circulation in your feet if you are experiencing these symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Pain that may radiate into the limbs
  • Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
  • Muscle cramping

If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away it’s best to play it safe rather than sorry and turn to a podiatric specialist who can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving circulation. Don’t ignore this issue.

By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
August 10, 2018
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsDo you need podiatric help from your Fairfax, VA?

A hammertoe is a condition that usually affects the second, third, fourth, and/or fifth toes. Hammertoes looks like an upside-down V because they are bent at the first joint of the digit, and are more common in females than males.

More About Hammertoes

The symptoms suffered vary. You may suffer from:

  • Formation of corns on the joint
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Pain due to pressure from footwear on hammertoe
  • Redness and swelling of hammertoe
  • Restricted motion of the toe joint

Types of Hammertoes

Like many things, hammertoes come in different types:

  • Flexible hammertoes: They are moveable at the joint
  • Rigid hammertoes: This is when tendons tighten

There are several causes of this abnormal foot growth:

  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Pressures on tendons and joints
  • Heredity, trauma, and arthritis
  • Improper balance of the muscles in toes develops

Advice from your Fairfax Podiatrist

Foot issues can have simple solutions, while others if left too long, may cause severe problems. Here are some tips from your podiatrist

  • Wear padded shoes
  • Apply ice packs several times a day to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Wear loose-fitted shoes
  • Place a non-medicated pad around the hammertoe to decrease pressure on the area
  • Use medication prescribed by your doctor
  • Ask your doctor about orthotic devices
  • Consider your surgical options if your foot issue deteriorates too much

Hammertoe Prevention

You need to actively work on eliminating pain. Here are few tips:

  • Wear supportive shoes to help prevent deformities if hammertoes may be related to a hereditary problem in your foot mechanics
  • Orthotics are a great preventative method to stop the progression or formation of hammertoes

Hammertoe Treatment

There are many non-surgical hammertoe treatments that can be done depending on the severity of your hammertoe.

  • Padding corns and calluses- There are pads designed to shield corns from irritation that your podiatrist may recommend.
  • Changes in footwear- Avoid high heels and make sure to get properly fitting shoes that feel comfortable and have a low heel.
  • Splinting/Strapping- A splint or small strap may be applied to realign the toe.

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Fairfax, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vetter, today! Don't let pain persist, see your doctor as soon as possible. Allowing an untreated hammertoe to persist may lead to surgical treatment options, so make an appointment to talk about hammertoe treatments today!

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