In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the body’s circulatory system and how to keep it healthy... even as we age.

Every area of the body needs life-sustaining blood to function properly… from the heart and brain all the way to the fingers and toes. The bodies circulatory system is similar to the highways you might find is a large city after years of hard use, the roads become more difficult to travel due to wear and tear. The circulatory system is a vast network of organs and vessels. It’s main job is to transport blood, nutrients, hormones, oxygen and other gases to and from the cells. Similar to a two-way highway with one set of roads leading out of the city while the other set of roads leads back into the city. How well the roads are maintained, and the amount of traffic and congestion all factor in when determining how long it will take for you to reach your destination.

The VEINS carry blood towards the heart and ARTERIES carry the blood away from the heart. The job that the veins have is more difficult and requires more effort from the circulatory system. The reason for this is that the veins need help from the surrounding muscles to circulate blood flow. Muscles is the feet and legs for example help pump blood back up to the heart. When these muscles aren’t doing their job effectively a person can experience symptoms like aching legs, muscle cramps, exhaustion, and cold feet or hands. So, when blood flow to a part of the body is reduced circulation is impaired. Poor circulation is MOST common in the feet, legs and arms as they are furthest from the heart.

Health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart conditions, and arterial issues are all examples of the underlying cause of poor circulation. For example Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD can lead to poor circulation in the legs and feet. It causes narrowing of the blood vessels and arteries. Atherosclerosis, is an associated condition where arteries stiffen due to plaque build-up. Both conditions decrease blood flow. Diabetes and a person's genetics can also play a role in poor circulation and conditions that can result if not addressed such as ulcers, infections, and other serious foot conditions.

Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.