Poor Circulation

Overview:

Proper blood circulation is vital to good health. As the blood moves through your body, it provides your organs and tissue with important nutrients, carries out your body's waste, helps fight germs, regulates your bodies’ temperature and heals wounds.

Causes:

  • Poor circulation is most commonly caused by a progressive blocking of the arteries in the leg (atherosclerosis).
  • Those with diabetes are more likely to develop poor circulation to the foot.

  • lack of physical activity

  • Smoking

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol

Symptoms:

  • Claudication - dull cramping pain in the calf muscle that comes on after walking a certain distance - it is relieved by rest.

  • Numbness or tingling in the foot or toes can occur.

  • Changes in the color of the skin (it becomes more pale, bluish, or reddish).

  • Changes in skin temperature (the foot becomes cooler).

  • Skin infection and sores do not heal as well as they should.

  • Tired feet – can be caused by many conditions and can include: fibromyalgia, damaged nerves, bone pain or restless leg syndrome.

  • Burning feet - can be caused by gout, diabetes and Neuroma (a trapped nerve).

  • Swelling of the feet and ankles - build-up of excess fluids or inflammation of adjoining tissues.

  • Gout - is a build-up of uric acid (a toxin excreted by the muscles), usually in the big toe. When circulation in the feet is constrained, the uric acid cannot flush out of the system and the swelling from this is very painful, especially when walking.


Treatments:

  • Massaging Insoles improve circulation as the glycerin fluid pumps up and down along the arches of your feet. This all-day massaging action improves blood flow and circulation in the feet and lower body. The "pump" action creates and releases pressure on your feet as you walk. This push and release action flushes the blood pools that have accumulated on your feet and allows new, oxygen-rich blood to flow in.


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