Blood circulation

luked
By luked Latest Reply 2012-10-14 19:53:10 -0500
Started 2012-10-05 05:51:22 -0500

I'm recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My legs and feet hurt due to poor circulation. Will this lead to amputation? Is there anything I can do improve the blood flow to my feet?


18 replies

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-10-08 17:32:25 -0500 Report

In my case Diabetes was not the culprit causing bad circulation and swelling in my legs. The leg vein pumps went bad. So instead of pushing the blood up and returning it to the heart and rest of my body, it was leaking back down and pooling. This led to a really bad situation that turned worse when MRSA joined the cellulittis. According to my Vascular Surgeon many Drs. don't think about this and miss diagnosing the condition. My Dad ran into a whole bunch of Drs. who just dismissed his bad leg circulation issue. One even laughed and said hey you have a nice tan. In fact it was the pigmentation from all the dead blood migrating through his skin.
There are several other reasons for poor circulation and leg swelling. Diabetes, Heart disease, lymphedema, and venous stassis or venous insufficiency or venous reflux, are a few of the causes.
The treatment will vary depending on the cause and what works for one won't necessarily help the other.
Sorry if I sound like I am on a soap box. But really push your Dr to get to the root of the issue. It is a miracle I am alive and that I still have both legs.
My Dad suffered with constant pain, ulcers, and infections because his legs were in such horrible shape. His skin was too fragile for him to wear compression stockings. Every time he tried they just ripped his skin when they removed them. The swelling causes your system to have to wotrk harder. My wound care Dr explained that the oxygen has much more trouble travelling between cells when all the extra fluid is there. This leads to the break down of tissue due to low or lack of oxygen and incresed risk of infection (cellulitis) and open sores or ulcers.
Elevating your feet as often as possible helps to decrease the swelling. Compression stockings help even more. Mine get put on any time I am up out of bed. Except for shower time, by the time I finish with it my legs are itching. Even 2 years and 4 months after the last vein ablation surgery, I still have to wear my compression stockings anytime I am up.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-10-14 19:53:10 -0500 Report

My mother, who is 84 had this problem, she had that reflux and for the longest time I was taking her to a wound doctor, who I could not see was doing much good, and she had the sores too. when they were nearly healed, she dismissed her, but we were back again a few weeks! Finally he recommended she see this other specialist, cardio thoracic doctor and they had to go in and do that vein procedure, it seemed to take a long time after that, to see if it helped, but it did and after a year and half, of us going every two weeks, she has had no sores, and hardly any swelling and it has been a few months. She has had celluliits so much in the last few years, being in a wheel chair most of the time. I have learned even more from your experience and will remember all of these things, if it starts back up again.

Granny Lila
Granny Lila 2012-10-08 13:49:10 -0500 Report

I hope your ask your doctor that same question. Because in fact it might. Most important is it should get your doctor thinking about treating you for your leg problem as well. I have to take vitamen D and potasium and some times a water pill. My leggs swell so bad they hurt and I can hardly walk. But the doctor told me for the tingling and lightning strike pain I get I take a pill to help the nerves in my legs. You might need to ask you doctor if there is anything they can do for you. Hope you have a blessed day.

Mimiewal
Mimiewal 2012-10-06 10:28:04 -0500 Report

Idk if this will help you, but I used to get cramps & tingling all the time in my legs when i say all the time it was just that so this lady told me to make sure I increase vitamin d in my diet & potassium so i make sure I take my suppliment & so far so good. So may be you need to really sit down with your specialist (doctor or dietician) and see what they say about adding suppliments in your regime to help you ease some of the complications… best wishes! Mimie

RUSTY777
RUSTY777 2012-10-05 21:37:29 -0500 Report

THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME! MY FEET SWELL SO MUCH THEY HAVE A DARK ORANGE COLOR TO THEM AND I ASKED THE DOCTOR ABOUT THEM, AND HE SAID IT WAS NOTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT. THAT WAS ABOUT 3-4 YRS AGO. NOW MY FEET AND AT TIMES MY LOWER LEGS SWELL QUITE A BIT, BUT THEY HURT SO MUCH AND FEEL SO COLD, EVEN THOUGH MY TOES AND FEET AND PARTS OF MY LEGS FEEL NUMB. I AM NOT ABLE TO WALK, AND SITTING ALL THE TIME, AND WHEN I LAY BACK IN MY LIFT CHAIR, OR MY BED, MY LOWER LEGS AND FEET HURT SOMETHING TERRIBLE. I WAS NOT AWARE THAT I MIGHT HAVE DIABETES TILL I WAS TOLD BY MY DOCTOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO. I DID HAVE REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA, AND HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING MY BG UP! NOW I SWING LIKE A SWING I GUESS, BUT I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO KEEP THE BLOOD GLUCOSE BETWEEN 80 AND 120. I WENT UP AS HIGH AS 366 AND MY DOCTOR DID NOT SEEM CONCERNED, BUT MY NURSE WENT THROUGH THE ROOF. AT THE END OF THIS MONTH I AM CHANGING TO A GERIATRIC DOC WHO COME'S HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ME. I CAN'T PUT THE STOCKINGS ON BECAUSE I CAN ONLY REACH ONE FOOT IF THAT. I SERIOUSLY BROKE MY HIP/ CROWN FEMUR IN 'O5 AND CAN NO LONGER WALK, BUT MY SPINE WENT OUT LONG BEFORE THAT. GOD BLESS YOU, AND I PRAY YOU WILL BE OKAY AND NO AMPUTATIONS. I WAS JUST TOLD BY CURRENT DOC THAT I AM PRONE TO THAT AS WELL, SINCE MY DAD LOST SIGHT IN ONE EYE, AND WAS TO HAVE BOTH LEGS REMOVED, BUT DIED INSTEAD OF PNEUMONIA! I WAS THANKFUL HE DIED BEFORE HIS LEGS WERE REMOVED. THEY TURNED BLACK ON MY LAST VISIT TO HIM. I PRAY YOU DO WELL LUKE! GOD BLESS! :D

MAYS
MAYS 2012-10-05 18:38:54 -0500 Report

Not if you take care of yourself, keep your doctors visits and do what you must do.
After that it's a matter of what damage (if any) has been done previously and how well your body is responding to your treatment towards improved, better health.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-05 12:52:06 -0500 Report

My doctor treated this with T.E.D's stockings and the problem cleared up. When he took a look at my feet and ankles and saw how swollen and dark they were he immediately ordered the T.E.D's for me. I had to wear them from the time I got up in the morning until I went to bed. After about a month there was improvement. After three months no problems were detected and circulation had improved. That was 2 years ago. Today my feet no longer swell unless I am on them all day long when the weather is hot. Thankfully, I did not have a problem this summer. This is a problem that you should be discussing with your doctor ASAP. Good luck

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-10-05 08:27:01 -0500 Report

Have you feet checked at every doctor visit and every day check them yourself. The only thing I know of that will help is exercise and when you are sitting stretch and move your feet.
My foot doctor told me to try to write the letters of the alphabet with my feet when I am sitting. ;-)

Nick1962
Nick1962 2012-10-05 07:42:21 -0500 Report

It may not be circulation, but rather pinched nerves. I've always been an advocate of Chiropractic care. Might try it and see.

luked
luked 2012-10-05 06:03:34 -0500 Report

Yes exercise I do daily which has helped tremendous however the circulation is flowing but at times I get that itch.

Ms. DAT
Ms. DAT 2012-10-07 23:37:49 -0500 Report

Hi Luked, you may have to modify your exercise workout from rigorous to a mild workout.

Moderate exercise is good and you can change your shoes to have more support and balance, avoid restrictive socks, they have socks for diabetics if you haven't got an order for ted hose at the 99 cent store or local pharmacy store.

I was at the doctor last Friday looking through a shoe book just for us men/women. Need prescription from the doctor to be fitted and they have some real nice ones,too.

If you go to Nike for shoes that cost $300 then you can have your insurance pay for shoes that properly fit you, give support, and improve circulation as well. You can also add padded insoles in your shoes to improve circulation.

Keep on inspecting your feet and if they change colors such as bluish/greenish/blackish/unresolved increasing pain over level 5 then you get to the doctor or to ER/Urgent care right away.
Don't wait for another day to go by to avoid infection. Avoid banging feet/stepping on extreme surfaces!!!! Protect your feet!!!!!

Drink plenty of fluids before and after exercising because the body put out a lot of fluid by sweating and urinating which can lead to cramps due to loss of potassium and include in diet foods that can maintain sufficient potassium levels.

At times my feet/ankles swells/hurt/cramps at times but no tingling when I am on them a lot and when I sit at computer for hours and when I start cramping/in the sun, I know that I have to maintain my bodies electrolytes by cutting down on salt(not table salt) but foods that have high salt or sodium contents yet increase water.

Sometimes take time to relax and put your feet up and allow the circulation to flow from the heart.
These suggestions are safe and will not cause any medical or emotional harm.

The itch is your nerves/anxiety so just relax, make sure to moisturize skin with cocoa butter/shea butter/aloe vera products are very soothing for the skin. Change soap/shower gel products to Oatmeal or Aloe Vera.
I have scratches now that have healed up so I've made recent changes for me and my family as well.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-10-05 06:08:19 -0500 Report

that itch? Tell us more.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-10-05 06:00:47 -0500 Report

Luke, Have you had your feet looked at by a MD?

What you describe sounds like the Diabetic Neuropathy with which I suffer.
I have had the burning neuropathy now for about 4 or 5 years. So far no gangrene or foot ulcers.

I believe the only way to keep blood flowing through the feet is exercise.