Blood is one of the most important fluids in the body and so when it’s not moving properly it can spell many problems for all the muscles, organs and tissues it supplies oxygen and nutrients with.
Reduced blood flow is surprisingly common in the farthest parts of your body – like the feet. The main causes of poor circulation include heart disease, diabetes and increased body weight. Lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diets and working at a desk are also risk factors.
What are some signs of poor blood flow to my feet?
- Prickly ‘pins and needles’ sensation
- Cold feet
- Pain in calves and legs
- Dry, cracked skin
- Pale feet
- Toes that appear blue, purple or red
- Weak toenails that break easily
- Swollen lower legs or feet
How can I improve blood flow to my feet?
- Wear shoes that are made from soft, flexible and comfortable material that are low (or no) heeled
- Wear shoes that are the properly fitted for your feet – not too big or too small!
- Wear compression socks and hosiery
- Treat underlying health conditions with the advice from a medical professional. This may include changing lifestyle behaviours (diet, exercise) or medication
- Keep the feet moving! If you’re sitting down a lot be sure to take some time to wiggle your toes or stretch your feet
- Foot massages
- Use specialist equipment to “boost” foot circulation
- Elevate the legs when sitting down
If you are concerned about blood flow to your feet and would like further advice, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our highly skilled and friendly podiatrists on (03) 8645 9800 or make an online booking by clicking below: