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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Poor circulation in the feet can manifest through various symptoms, indicating potential underlying health issues. Individuals may experience sensations of numbness, tingling, or pins and needles in the feet, often referred to as paresthesia. Coldness or coolness in the feet, even when the weather is warm, can also be a sign of reduced blood flow. Swelling, particularly in the ankles and feet, may occur due to fluid buildup caused by compromised circulation. Additionally, changes in skin color or texture, such as pale or bluish discoloration and dry or cracked skin, can indicate inadequate blood supply to the feet. Slow-healing wounds or ulcers, particularly on the feet or lower legs, may develop due to reduced oxygen and nutrient delivery to the tissues. Recognizing these symptoms of poor circulation is critical for seeking medical evaluation and addressing underlying causes. Many patients have symptoms of poor circulation in the feet. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer relief and treatment solutions.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and 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 or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 18 February 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Skin fissures are painful cracks that can develop due to dryness and thickened skin. They are common on the heels, often associated with dryness. Fissures can be superficial or deep and may lead to skin ulcers if left untreated. Various factors contribute to skin fissures, including nutritional deficiencies, dry skin conditions, fungal infections, diabetes, and damage to blood vessels. Lifestyle factors like dehydration, frequent washing, climate, profession, and inappropriate footwear can exacerbate dry skin. Treatment depends on the depth of the fissures. Superficial fissures can be managed with daily foot checks, gentle use of a pumice stone, moisturizer application, and protective bandages. Deeper fissures may require debridement, prescription-strength softeners, skin glue, strapping, antibiotics, and heel support. Regular moisturizing and investigating underlying health conditions are vital for effective management and prevention. If you have cracked heels that appear to be worsening, infected, or turning into fissures, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for advanced treatment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Bunions, bony protrusions at the big toe joints, can develop due to a variety of factors. While there are lifestyle factors that can contribute, you are more likely to develop bunions if they run in the family, and if you have a certain foot structure. Wearing narrow and ill-fitting shoes increases the chance of bunion formation. Other risk factors for bunions include foot injuries, deformities, activities that place repetitive stress on the feet, or conditions such as arthritis. You can take preventive measures against bunion formation, such as wearing comfortable shoes with adequate toe space and low heels. However, if you already have bunions, they cannot be reversed except through surgery. If you are experiencing pain from bunions, or if you want to address potential risks, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward an appropriate treatment plan.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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