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Circulation Conditions

Circulation is the flow of blood throughout the body.  Arteries bring the blood from the heart to the other areas of the body including the legs and feet.  The veins bring the blood back to the heart and lungs to be re-oxygenated.  A couple of circulation problems seen in podiatry are Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.). 

DVT (a blood clot in the leg) sometimes occurs after surgery and immobilization.  They occur in a deep vein, most frequently in the leg, and can be life threatening. 

Symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, warmness and engorged superficial veins in your leg.  The surgeons at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds take every precaution to prevent a blood clot from occurring after foot or ankle surgery.

P.A.D. is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs (feet and ankles).  Symptom of P.A.D. are painful cramping in your thigh or calf muscles after walking or climbing stairs which goes away with rest (intermittent claudication); a poorly healing wound on your leg or foot; or discoloration of your toes and feet.  There are a number of other symptoms but, even if you have no symptoms, it would be prudent to be screened if you are over age 65 or if you are over age 50 and have a history of diabetes, high cholesterol or smoking.  For those of you under age 50, your physician and surgeon at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds can determine your risk factor. 

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