Lacking of blood on the legs

by Isaac Veremu
(South Africa )

Question: Hi,

My father is diabetic, his legs show signs that there's no good flow of blood.

What should he do to recover please lacking of blood on the legs

Answer: Hello,

I am sorry to know your father has such problems with lacking of blood on the legs.

If your father is experiencing signs indicating poor blood flow in his legs, particularly if he's diabetic, it's crucial to take immediate action.

Poor blood flow in the legs, often due to peripheral artery disease (PAD) or other circulation issues, can lead to severe complications.

Identifying signs of poor blood flow in the legs due to diabetes involves recognizing specific symptoms that may indicate compromised circulation.

They might include: leg pain or cramping, tingling/numbness, changes in skin appearance, temperature changes, muscle weakness/fatigue, etc.

The very first thing I recommend is to urgently visit a vascular specialist. He/she can assess his condition, conduct necessary tests (such as Doppler ultrasound), and recommend appropriate treatment.

You should report to him/her all the symptoms and problems he is facing.

Depending on the severity and underlying cause of the poor blood flow, the doctor might prescribe medications to improve circulation or manage diabetes-related complications.

In some cases, therapies such as physical therapy, compression therapy, or vascular procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery might be recommended.

Another important thing is to properly manage his diabetes by monitoring blood sugar levels regularly.

Keeping blood sugar within the target range can assist in improving circulation.

Proper foot care is crucial for diabetics with poor leg circulation.

Ensure he keeps his feet clean, moisturized, and regularly checked for any signs of injury, infection, or ulcers.

Encourage wearing comfortable footwear and avoiding barefoot walking.

Follow the doctor's advice regarding follow-up appointments and adhere to any prescribed treatment plans diligently.

Keep in mind that the outlook for managing or improving blood flow in diabetic legs depends on various factors, including the individual's overall health, the severity of the condition, adherence to treatment, and lifestyle modifications.

The earlier the detection of symptoms, and the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other concern.

Dr. Albana

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