I-10 might not come close to passing through Richardson, but driving across Texas on this stretch of the interstate would take almost 15 hours if you drive straight through and average a speed of 60 miles per hour! It might seem as though it takes forever to get around on our own local roads and highways when they’re under construction or traffic is heavy, but this certainly gives us some perspective on the matter.
Obviously, not all road trips are the same length and sometimes you only need to go a little way to get where you need to be. Other times, you’re in for the long haul. This actually reminds us a bit of the circulatory system and how blood circulation affects the feet.
If you think about it like this, the path from the heart to the feet is kind of like that I-10 drive. It is, after all, the farthest that blood has to travel to get to and from the heart. The circulatory system can be thought of as having two different types of roads. Arteries are the blood vessels full of blood carrying oxygen and nutrients. Veins return blood back to the heart to receive new loads. Without this system in place, tissues would not receive the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
There are problems that can arise and cause issues for circulation in the lower limbs. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition wherein blocked or narrowed arteries restrict blood flow from the heart. As we mentioned, blood already has a long trip down to the feet. When arteries impair circulation, it can lead to weakened tissues and increased cramping. Some of the other symptoms to know include wounds that don’t heal, slow hair growth, and coldness in the limbs.
It is important to follow healthy lifestyle habits for better circulation, like getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking. If you do smoke, we strongly recommend trying to quit. This habit is one of the biggest factors for poor circulation.
Circulation issues like peripheral arterial disease can certainly affect the health of your lower limbs, but they can also put you at risk for serious medical complications like heart attacks and strokes. If you recognize any PAD symptoms in your feet or lower legs, come see us so we can provide a proper diagnosis and ensure you receive the treatment you need to stay safe. You can reach us here at Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have. If you’d prefer, simply request your appointment with our Richardson, TX foot doctor office online today.