Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Health and skills do not improve overnight. You have to put in effort to make a change. That’s easiest to see in people who are the most successful, like Olympic athletes. They’ve spent years perfecting their abilities and pushing themselves to improve even just a tiny bit to be able to compete at the highest levels. It doesn’t have to take Olympic-style effort, but if you want to improve health issues like poor circulation in your feet, you do have to put in daily work for it to happen. Fortunately, this isn’t as hard as it might sound!
Circulation issues develop for a number of reasons. One of the most common is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which involves stiffening and narrowing arteries. Improving blood flow issues usually involves multiple steps and spending effort to make a change. Fortunately, doing small things daily can make a big difference over time for boosting your circulation:
Walk daily – Many people with circulation issues from PAD struggle to walk very far. Take a short walk every day, going a tiny bit longer each time, to both boost blood flow to your feet and combat painful symptoms.
Build strength – Specific exercises that build muscles in ways other than walking stimulate the body to boost blood flow to those muscles. We’ll help you find a safe daily exercise plan.
Eat healthier – Often issues like PAD are related to diet. Eat healthy vegetables and fruits instead of high fat and cholesterol snacks to help reduce the plaque build-up that narrows your arteries.
Quit smoking – Smoking is terrible for your arteries and circulation. By quitting, you eliminate a source of the problem.
Get help – Ultimately, the most important factor for improving your poor circulation is to treat the underlying cause of your PAD. This might mean taking medications or other treatment plans. Our Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC team will help you manage the condition and improve your blood flow overall.
Better foot circulation is a big way of improving your overall limb health and helping you prevent serious complications. If you’re at all struggling with circulation issues, don’t wait to get help. Let our team at Gulf South Foot & Ankle help you make the little changes you need to live with healthier, pain-free feet. Contact our office in Metairie, LA, for more information or an appointment today. Simply call (504) 708-4810 or use our web contact forms to reach us.