Do I really have poor circulation in my feet?
It isn’t always easy to notice the warning signs of bad circulation. After all, it’s normal to feel a lack of sensation in your feet during cold winter days or to notice some aching and tiredness when standing for long periods of time; however, signs of poor circulation in the feet include:
- A “pins and needles” sensation in your feet
- Changes in the color of your feet
- Cold feet
- Numbness or tingling
What causes poor circulation in the feet?
There are many reasons that people may develop poor circulation in their feet as they get older. Some causes can’t be helped but others are due to health conditions or bad habits. Causes of poor circulation include:
- Age: As we get older most people will deal with some degree of decreased blood flow.
- Inactive lifestyle: If you lead a sedentary lifestyle you are more likely to deal with blood flow issues, especially as you get older. We see this most often in seniors who have mobility issues and can’t stay active.
- Overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese also puts a lot of stress on the body, causing the heart to work harder to pump out blood to the rest of the body including the feet.
- Smoking: Smoking restricts blood flow, which makes it more difficult for blood to reach the feet. Smoking can also increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
- Diabetes: Diabetes can increase your risk for inflammation, poor circulation, and even nerve damage in the feet (known as neuropathy). You must work with your doctor and a podiatrist to control your blood sugar to reduce your risk.
- Pain at the ball of the foot near the big toe
- Pain when bending or straightening the big toe
- Pain that comes up gradually
How is sesamoiditis treated?
The good news is that this inflammatory condition can be treated with rest and home care designed to ease the inflamed tendon or muscle. At-home care for sesamoiditis looks like:
- Avoiding any activities that put pressure on the foot
- Taking a pain reliever such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing supportive shoes with ample cushioning
- Applying ice to the foot for 10-15 minutes every few hours
- Avoiding shoes with pointed toes or high heels
If you are experiencing severe or persistent foot pain, you must seek podiatry care from a qualified foot and ankle specialist. Foot pain should not go ignored. Call your podiatrist today.
Clean Feet Daily
It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.
Keep Feet Moisturized
You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.
Trim Nails Properly
If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.
Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.
Foot fungus, commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a fungal infection found on the feet. The fungus typically enters via cracks or cuts in the skin and is called “athlete’s foot” since athletes or very physically active individuals sweat a lot, which means that they have an increased risk of getting foot fungus. Children likewise have an elevated risk of getting it since they aren’t as careful about prevention as older individuals.
With that said, a fungal infection in the foot is actually fairly common. However, you might be more prone to fungal infections if you are immunocompromised. If you suspect that you have a foot fungus, don’t hesitate to consult your foot doctor here at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic serving the North Shore, IL area, Dr. Gary Rogers, for prompt treatment.
Do I Have Foot Fungus?
The earliest and most common symptoms of a foot fungal infection are itchy, peeling, or scaly skin as well as small blisters that could sometimes pop. Usually, you can see these warning signs on the foot’s underside and between your toes. Left untreated, it could also extend to the tops of the foot.
How Do I Get Rid of Foot Fungus?
With foot fungus, prompt and accurate treatment from your foot doctor is vital to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your foot. This is especially critical for diabetics since even the most minor foot issues, such as scratches, could result in infections and more serious complications.
Fortunately, foot fungus can be treated with OTC and prescription creams. For the majority of individuals who have new or mild fungal infections, over-the-counter antifungal creams or ointments may suffice. On the other hand, those with advanced or severe fungal infections may require prescription antifungal preparations that also contain steroids. This means that if you’ve tried OTC antifungal medication that failed to clear your symptoms, you will need a prescription antifungal medicine.
It’s also important to note that doctors don’t usually prescribe oral antifungal medicines for foot fungus, save for very severe or recurrent infections. The most common oral antifungal prescribed for foot fungus is terbinafine, which must be taken for at least two weeks.
Need Relief From Foot Fungus? We Can Help
Arrange an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Gary Rogers of Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL and serving the North Shore, IL area, by dialing (847) 256-4434. We also serve the Evanston, and Skokie, IL areas.
Walking, standing and exercising become challenging if you have heel pain. Fortunately, your North Shore podiatrist, Dr. Gary Rogers, can determine why you have pain and offer effective treatments for your condition.
If your pain started after you stepped on a hard object, you may have a stone bruise. The condition can also occur if you wear worn-out shoes or footwear that doesn't provide enough support when you exercise.
A stone bruise forms in the layer of fat that cushions your heel and can be quite painful. The bruises usually go away after a week or two. If your condition doesn't improve, your podiatrist on the North Shore can fit you with orthotics, custom-designed shoe inserts that cushion your heel and reduce pain.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and is more likely to occur if you stand on your feet for hours, have flat feet or high arches, are overweight, run for exercise, or are between the ages of 40 and 60.
Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning or after you begin to move again if you've been inactive for a while. Plantar fasciitis is caused by an inflammation in the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. If you're diagnosed with the condition, your foot doctor may recommend orthotics, night splints to stretch the fascia while you sleep, exercises and physical therapy. Surgery is only an option if other treatments aren't successful.
Inflammation is also a problem if you have Achilles tendonitis. The long tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle can become inflamed if you work out harder or longer than usual or participate in sports or activities that require repetitive motions. Runners are particularly at risk for Achilles tendonitis, as are people who have tight calf muscles or unstable ankles.
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis may include orthotics, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections or extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel. Although not all heel spurs cause symptoms, the deposits can make walking and standing painful. People who've had plantar fasciitis are more likely to develop heel spurs, as are runners. Other risk factors include gait problems, leg length discrepancies and poorly fitting shoes.
Treatment may include orthotics, exercises, night splints or physical therapy. Most heel spurs improve with these treatment methods, although a small percentage require surgical removal.
Don't let heel pain keep you off your feet. Your North Shore, IL, foot doctor, diagnoses and treats a variety of painful heel conditions. Call his Wilmette office at (847) 256-4434 to schedule your appointment.
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