Answers to Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. We understand - we can help you get started towards fast relief with these answers to the most common questions we hear about foot and ankle pain in Carolina and get youback to focusing on what actually matters to you.
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What can I do to improve my circulation?
Slowed circulation, particularly to the legs and feet, is a common consequence of a host of medical conditions, including diabetes, atherosclerosis, and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Your body needs blood to provide oxygen and nutrition, and reduced blood flow can lead to pain and cramping and make it harder for your body to heal itself after injuries, so it’s best to do what you can to get it pumping again.
Good strategies include:
- If you’re a smoker, quit.
- Maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy diet low in calories and saturated fats.
- Exercise regularly—try starting with 30 minutes of walking 3 times per week, and increase as you are able.
- If you have diabetes, manage your blood sugar.
- Use medications if necessary to manage high blood pressure or cholesterol.
For help dealing with a painful or problematic circulatory condition affecting your feet or legs, call the experts at Carolina Podiatry Group for an evaluation and treatment options. You can request an appointment online, or call 888-569-9559.
Why are my toes tingling?
Toes tingle for a variety of reasons, though neuropathy is the most common. This condition is the result of damage to nerves in your body, usually in your extremities. Typically this causes weakness, numbness, and burning or pins-and-needles sensations in your lower limbs. Many different conditions can contribute to damaged nerves. Perhaps the most well-known and the most common is diabetes. There are, however, other issues that can create tingling toes.
Autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis target the nerves specifically. Extreme vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin B12, allow your nerves to lose some function. Chronic substance abuse like alcoholism permanently damages nerve tissue. Pressure on or trauma to specific nerves can impair it as well. Inherited disorders, toxins, serious infections, cancer, and a few other problems can all contribute to neuropathy. The most effective way to deal with the tingling is to treat the underlying issues as well as the symptoms.
Let our team at Carolina Podiatry Group help you deal with your uncomfortable toes. Just use our online form or call one of our offices to make an appointment: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, SC, or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, SC.