Circulatory Problems

The human foot has been called the mirror of our body. Many times early signs of such systemic conditions as diabetes, gout and hardening of the arteries may appear in the foot.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot make proper use of the sugar that we eat. This sugar builds up in the blood and causes many changes in the body. It lowers resistance to infections, often prevents normal healing, and causes decreased sensation and blood supply in the feet. More than half of patients with diabetes have clinical evidence of decreased feeling and/or circulation in their feet. Diabetics may suffer long-term complications such as skin ulcers, cellulitis, neuritis, vascular insufficiency, and gangrene. It is very important that all diabetics have proper foot care. By following a simple daily foot care regimen, long-term complications can usually be avoided.

Arteriosclerosis, commonly known as "hardening of the arteries," is a condition in which there is a thickening, hardening and loss of elasticity of the walls of the blood vessels, especially arteries. Arterial insufficiency may be caused by obstruction in the artery wall, narrowing of the arteries, or spasms of the arteries.

Arteriosclerosis is the most common cause of arterial insufficiency in the legs. It usually occurs in individuals past fifty years of age, and is more common in men than women. Its incidence  is much higher in smokers and somewhat increased in diabetics. Arteriosclerosis is characterized by coldness in the feet and toes, sudden, sharp pain in the calf or thigh of the leg, hair loss on the legs and feet, and sores on the feet and toes that do not heal.

If you have circulatory problems - and so many of us do as we get older - remember that good muscle function helps circulation. The muscles of the legs have a massaging effect on the blood vessels, and help to maintain normal passage of blood. Exercise helps to maintain good muscle function, which is of great benefit to your entire circulatory system.

Can a podiatrist help your circulatory problems? We make it easy for you to find out. Here's how....

The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide 24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expense.

You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or 970-667-0769.