Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By Daniel Reminga
April 12, 2012
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“My Feet Are Killing Me!”

Have you ever uttered those words? Taking a moment to sit back with your feet elevated could help to alleviate your discomfort. It’s true… Elevate to Alleviate! Standing on your feet all day or for long hours cuts down on the circulation in your feet and can cause soreness and pain even if there’s nothing medically wrong.

In addition to elevating your feet, it’s very important to wear supportive shoes that are comfortable. Shoes that have very little support, such as high heels or flats, without support or padding, can make the situation worse. So can shoes that don’t fit properly. Not all shoes are created equal; make sure you’ve got the best footwear your budget will allow. At Northern Foot Care Center we offer a wide variety of shoes that can make a difference in how you get through your day. With over 200 styles to choose from there’s something for everyone. Dr. Reminga can evaluate and recommend the best possible shoes for each individuals need. What could be better than having a board certified foot specialist determine what type of shoe would be best for you? We also participate in the Medicare Diabetic shoe program so Dr. Reminga can help diabetic patients stay on their feet and help prevent foot ulcers and amputations.

Causes of Poor Circulation

Poor circulation is a common cause of foot discomfort. While standing on your feet all day can cause poor circulation resulting in discomfort, the most common causes of poor circulation to the feet and legs are atherosclerosis, diabetes, and peripheral arterial disease or P.A.D., plaque build-up in the arteries restricting blood flow.  All of these affect the lower extremities. People with peripheral arterial disease or P.A.D. have four-to-five times the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Living an inactive lifestyle, smoking, having high blood pressure or cholesterol can have a direct effect on your circulation and influence the development of cardiovascular problems. During the final trimester of pregnancy, woman can experience poor circulation because the enlarged uterus applies pressure to the blood vessels of the pelvis and legs.

Symptoms

What are some common symptoms of poor circulation? The symptoms can vary depending on the artery that is being affected. Most commonly, coldness or numbness of the feet are definite signs of poor circulation. The skin may also have a blue or red tint. Swelling of the feet, ankles, or legs are other indications of circulation problems since the blood furthest from the heart has to work harder to return upwards through the circulatory system. If you have these symptoms, Dr. Reminga can determine the cause and suggest the steps to help treat your situation. In the meantime, elevating your legs can ease discomfort due to poor circulation.

Elevating your legs can help the discomfort in the legs, ankles, and feet that is associated with poor circulation. Dr. Reminga says, “Elevate your feet for a minimum of 30 minutes. If possible, the longer you can elevate your legs and feet the better. Elevate your feet higher than your heart, approximately 8 to 12 inches above your heart is best. This allows the fluids that have pooled up in your lower extremities to drain. While elevating, perform rotating exercises to improve circulation. Elevating your feet will not treat your poor circulation; however, it can ease swelling and discomfort.” Lifestyle changes and treating the underlying medical conditions can also improve circulation. In addition, Dr. Reminga offers a treatment called Microvas Therapy which helps to elevate blood flow and tissue oxygenation which in turn helps stimulate angiogenesis (a healing and rebuilding mechanism) within the body. Microvas Therapy is only available at Northern Foot Care Center. To learn more about this breakthrough non-invasive treatment call our office at 906-482-9950 for information or to schedule your evaluation. Poor circulation is only one condition that Microvas Therapy can treat. The effects of this therapy are dramatic and lasting. Dr. Reminga is proud to offer this important new tool in the treatment of conditions relating to vascular insufficiency (poor circulation).

Pain is not normal. At Northern Foot Care Center, Dr. Reminga is here to help. Your feet deserve special care; you’ll be in good hands when you make your appointment with Dr. Reminga. He is the only board certified foot specialist in the area with over 27 years of experience.

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