Foot Circulation Conditions
There are a few foot circulation conditions that will be covered here at FootIQ.com. It is important to understand the circulation as it pertains to the lower extremities. We have three chief vessel systems responsible for taking blood to the feet and returning blood and interstitial fluid to the heart. Arteries are responsible for taking blood to the extremities, the larger vessels are closer to the heart and progressively get smaller as they approach their targeted regions. Veins return the blood from the capillaries to the heart, as the blood progresses from the extremities to the heart, the veins progressively get larger. As we discussed each of these systems you need to understand the arteries are under pressure while the venous and lymphatic systems are not under pressure. The venous system relies on a valvular system to prevent backflow of blood into the extremities. The lymphatic system is an additional system that is responsible for returning interstitial (lost fluid from the capillary exchange) fluid to the bloodstream.
As we cover foot circulation conditions, we will discuss each of these systems and the potential problems that occur. In each topic we will discuss potential causes, diagnosing the condition, and treatment options available.
It is important to note as we cover these foot circulation conditions, people should also be evaluated for other potential circulation concerns. People that develop circulation problems in their extremities often times have other circulation issues. Poor circulation around the heart, organs, or brain can have devastating consequences including death. Systemic conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressuere, or for LDL to HDL ratios need to be followed on a regular basis by their primary care physicians.
Below is a list of the foot circulation conditions.