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Dangers of Blood Clots in Your Foot

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Blood clots in the feet, also known as venous blood clots, pose significant health risks and require immediate medical attention. These clots can be caused by several factors, including poor blood circulation due to prolonged sitting or lying down, diabetes, and dehydration. Damaged veins from injury, infection, or surgery are other contributing factors. In addition, blood clots in the feet can result from taking certain medications like birth control pills, hormone therapy drugs, glucocorticoids, and antidepressants. Symptoms such as swelling, discoloration, varicose veins, and intense pain or numbness in the foot are indicators of potential blood clots. If left untreated, blood clots can travel to vital organs, potentially causing life-threatening conditions like pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke. A podiatrist can play a critical role in managing blood clots in the feet by diagnosing the condition, providing appropriate treatments like blood thinners or thrombolytic therapy, and offering preventive measures. If you have developed blood clots in the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dawn Miles, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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