“Aching legs and feet; frequent cramps or numbness; swelling and sores on your extremities; changes in the color of your legs and/or toenails; cold feet; blood-clot ”
These symptoms are not to be ignored, especially as our legs and feet play a major role with regards to our mobility; they are truly worth our care and attention. When we experience pain and numbness in the legs and feet, even though we did not engage in sports or any strenuous exercise or activity, it should raise concerns. If cramping, burning sensation and swelling follows, it would do well to seek medical assistance right away. We shouldn’t wait more serious symptoms like changes in the color of our legs, feet and toenails or recurrent coldness in our extremities; because they are sure indicators of heavier medical concern.
These worse symptoms could include hair loss on the legs, pale skin coloring, bluish toes and ulcers on the feet which might not be healing fast despite cleansing and antiseptics.
The culprit could be poor circulation in the legs, and it would be better for us to detect early signs so as to avoid complications, disabilities or even death. Actually, poor circulation can take place in any part of our body, but the most susceptible areas are the legs and feet; the hands and the fingers.
This may be a serious problem related lack of blood flow to our heart and brain. It could be P.A.D. which is otherwise known as PAD or Peripheral Artery Disease, a condition in need of urgent medical attention as it could lead to a heart attack or a stroke. Records indicate that P.A.D. has already struck eight million people in the USA alone. How many more could it be worldwide?
P.A.D. covers obstruction in the large arteries due to amassing of plaque on its walls; thereby preventing blood to circulate to our head, vital organs and limbs. Plaque could harden in time and make circulation more difficult. The blocked blood flow is what causes pain and muscle cramps in our legs and feet; worsening as the large arteries become more narrow. If left untreated, there could be possible infection and tissue damage which might necessitate leg amputation.
Further complications could extend to the heart and lungs because of the blockage of arteries which heightens the risk of heart attack and breathing problems. Hypertension and loss of memory is also highly possible.
The good news is that P.A.D. is curable if attended to immediately. There are medicines and surgery options; and lifestyle changes which are most essential to recuperate effectively. A proper diet plan; reduction of sugar and coffee consumption, as well as alcohol; cessation of smoking-the plague-builder; strict adherence to exercise (especially foot exercise) and weight management; strict monitoring of cholesterol intake; regulated blood glucose level to avoid diabetes; management of hypertension; and proper doses of aspirin and statins on more severe cases.
If you don’t have the symptoms enumerated above, that’s really great! But an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. So, remember to avoid sitting still for lengthy periods, and engage in physical activities whenever possible. Maintain a well-balanced diet and make sure to refrain from high cholesterol foods. Never wear tight-fitting shoes and socks; and pamper your legs and feet with warm treatments once in a while. Most of all, quit smoking!