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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
August 08, 2022
Category: Flat Feet

Summertime’s still fresh in the air and when the sun’s out, a walk to the beach is a favorite vacation activity. For some of us, walking for extended periods might be uncomfortable, but for others, it can be painful. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our patients well-informed about any existing conditions they have, or continuous foot or ankle pain they may be experiencing. Patients suffering from flat feet may not experience any pain at all, but prolonged strain can affect the knees and hips. Flat feet could also alter the alignment of your legs and cause further muscle pain. 

Causes

Flat feet are when the arches under your feet aren’t visible when you stand up. This is normal in infants whose arches develop later in childhood, but some adults retain flat feet. This can also happen due to years of wear and tear, where the tendons supporting the arch and running along the inside of your ankle fall over time, or if you have a family member that passed down the gene. There are several risks that could also contribute to the condition, which include:

Symptoms

One of the most common symptoms would be foot pain in the heel or arch where strained muscles and ligaments are affected. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain when walking or changes in your stance
  • Leg cramps
  • Stiffness in the calves, hip, or lower back

Treatment

Treatment isn’t a necessity if the condition isn’t causing significant problems, but there are several ways to ease the discomfort. Surgery is rarely needed to treat flat feet and most people don’t find the need to treat it at all, but for those who seek treatment, here are some options:

When to Call a Podiatrist

If you’re having trouble balancing, experiencing pain while walking or feel like your feet are stiff, it’s always best to consult a podiatrist. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas is specially trained to diagnose and determine what the next best course of action would be. To schedule an appointment at our Middlesex County office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.

Poor circulation in the lower extremities is often caused by underlying diseases such as peripheral artery disease (PAD), and a linked condition called atherosclerosis. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. When the blood vessels and arteries begin to narrow, they stiffen up due to a build-up of plaque, which links to atherosclerosis. Both of these conditions cause a decrease in the amount of blood that can flow to your lower extremities. Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. 

Causes

Lack of 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, smoke, or are over the age of 50 are at higher risk for developing symptoms of poor circulation in the lower extremities. If you are experiencing any symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, ankles, or lower legs, make an appointment with board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas for an examination.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment

You can try to improve the circulation in your feet and legs by:

  • Exercise. Regular movement can increase the blood and oxygen your muscles receive.
  • Cutting your salt intake. This will reduce fluid retention (which restricts circulation).
  • Eating foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent blood platelets from clumping together
  • Try to alternate positions throughout the day. Sitting or standing for too long can also cause poor circulation in your feet and ankles.
  • Avoid wearing high heels. Shoes that do not provide the right support can also interrupt blood flow to the feet and toes.
  • See your podiatrist. A podiatrist can examine and evaluate your feet and ankles to find the cause of your pain. They will also assist you in finding a daily regime that works well for you and your condition. To make an appointment at our Middlesex County office, please call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.


 








 

 

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