One great way to beat the Arizona heat is to hit a water park. The Phoenix area has several great parks, like Wet ‘n’ Wild. Although every water park likes to boast different attractions, they all tend to have a couple of things in common, including a “lazy river” and water slides. Being active at a water park is just one enjoyable way to get your blood pumping faster than the average lazy river to help counter poor circulation. Weak blood flow has many negative effects on your lower limbs. The good news is that a little effort and foot care can make a big difference for your feet.
Poor circulation is a big problem for feet. Unlike a lazy river, which is leisurely and will eventually pull people from beginning to end, poor circulation in your lower limbs doesn’t bring all of the needed oxygen and nutrients down to your feet. Instead, the lower limbs are left lacking and often develop weakness, skin problems, and muscle cramping.
You can actively improve circulation to your feet and ankles, however. Typically this involves getting your heart pumping or widening your blood vessels—both of which allow more blood to flow where it needs to go. Here are a few tips to do just that:
- Exercise – Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, forces your heart to pump harder. Go for a walk every day, or try swimming or biking. Weight training can also be helpful.
- Eat healthily – Poor diet choices can contribute to blocked-up blood vessels and diseases like diabetes. Eating healthy helps combat and prevent these problems.
- Avoid constant foot pressure – Standing or sitting in any one position for too long puts pressure on your feet and stifles blood flow.
- Massage your feet – Massages help encourage better blood flow, so give yourself a basic massage periodically.
- Quit smoking – Smoking stiffens blood vessels. Cut back or quit smoking to fight that effect.
Like any other health change in life, improving your circulation is going to take work. It isn’t quite as relaxing or thrilling as a visit to a water park, but the benefits are longer lasting. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you improve your poor blood flow. Call or fax us to reach us: call our Gilbert office at (480) 981-1800 for fax (480) 981-0229. To reach our Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375. You can also connect with us through our website.