Most often, when we hear ‘poor circulation’ we associate this with diabetes. Did you know that not all circulatory issues that affect our legs and feet have to do with diabetes? There are several types of circulation disorders – all of which are important to know the differences and know who’s at risk. What are some other types of circulation disorders that can impact the health of our feet and ankles?
- Venous Stasis – this condition is characterized by the loss of proper function of veins in our legs that are responsible for carrying blood back to our hearts. Most often, this happens as a result of injury to the veins, such as blunt trauma, and causes noticeable swelling. People in congestive heart failure are at a higher risk of developing venous stasis.
- Acrocyanosis – when the arteries supplying blood to the skin of our hands and feet are damaged, acrocyanosis can be to blame. It prevents the skin of the affected area from getting the oxygen it needs and, as a result, turns the areas dark blue or purple. A lack of oxygen will also make these areas feel more cold to the touch.
- The Ischemic Foot – when a foot becomes Ischemic it means that there is a lack of adequate blood flow from the heart to the foot. It can be caused by several conditions, such as high cholesterol, blood clots, vein spasms, or injury to the veins. This prevents a enough blood from reaching the foot, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients needed to function.
Considering there are still five other circulation disorders that can impact the health of our feet and ankles, it’s worthwhile to visit our website for Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C. for more information. While diabetic patients are indeed at a higher risk of developing circulation disorders, patients with congestive heart failure, chronic obesity, blunt trauma, and those who are at risk of blood clotting due to medications or other medical conditions. Call us today to learn more from Dr. Scott E. Hughes, Dr. Greg P. Vogt, and Dr. Christine I. Tumele at our locations in Monroe and Lambertville, Michigan.