Poor circulation of the legs and feet can lead to serious complications including open wounds that don’t heal properly.
- There are early warning signs of poor circulation in the legs and feet and these may include:
- Frequent cramps in your legs and feet, especially when you exercise
- Open sores on the feet or legs that take a long time to heal or don’t heal at all.
- A change in the color or temperature of your legs or feet.
- Loss of hair on your feet or legs.
Poor blood circulation can affect the blood supply to your feet. When this is reduced, cuts and sores may not heal. Little cuts or sores, if not cared for, can then become deeper and bigger sores called ulcers. Without good blood flow, sores take longer to heal. If ulcers become infected, or foot tissue starts to die because of poor or no blood flow (gangrene), you may have to go to the hospital. In the worst cases, doctors may have to remove (amputate) toes, a foot or a leg.
Neurological, vascular and biomechanical assessments combined with regular foot care is essential in preventing foot infection and ulceration in people with peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation. Orthoses therapy can also help off-loads potential ulceration sites as well as improving balance and helping body and foot alignment. Ask for a vascular, neurological, biomechanical assessment today.