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Poor circulation, a medical condition also known as circulatory insufficiency, refers to the inadequate flow of blood through the blood vessels, impairing the distribution of oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells and organs. The feet are often affected, leading to a variety of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, and muscle cramps. Several factors can contribute to poor circulation. Atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in arteries, narrows the blood vessels, reducing blood flow. Conditions such as diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves, further impeding circulation. High blood pressure, obesity, and smoking are well-known risk factors that can harm blood vessels and hinder the circulatory system. In some cases, genetics can play a role, as a family history of circulatory issues may increase one's susceptibility. If your feet are cold for the majority of the day, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose poor circulation, and offer appropriate treatment methods.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Gary Saphire, DPM of Parkway Podiatry. 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 our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Gout, a form of arthritis, and kidney disease share a complex interconnection that significantly impacts an individual's health. Gout is characterized by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints, causing intense pain and inflammation, commonly beginning in the big toe. This can temporarily cause the inability to walk, and medical attention from a podiatrist is often sought. Interestingly, uric acid is primarily filtered and excreted through the kidneys. In individuals with gout, high levels of uric acid can strain the kidneys, potentially leading to kidney stones or reduced kidney function. Conversely, pre-existing kidney issues can hinder the efficient elimination of uric acid, contributing to elevated levels in the bloodstream and subsequent gout attacks. Furthermore, medications commonly prescribed for gout can impact renal function, posing challenges for those already grappling with kidney disease. Understanding and managing this intricate relationship between gout and kidney disease is crucial for comprehensive treatment strategies that address both conditions and enhance overall well-being. If you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gary Saphire, DPM from Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Fall is the start of the season for many sporting events. If you're trying a new physical activity or sport, it's important to practice injury prevention.

Have a foot or ankle injury? Don't wait to get treated.

Foot blisters are a common issue, particularly among athletes and active individuals. These fluid-filled sacs typically form due to friction and pressure, often caused by ill-fitting shoes or repetitive movements. Moisture and heat can exacerbate the problem, making the feet more susceptible to blisters. When it comes to treatment, the first step is to keep the area clean to prevent infection. Refrain from popping the blister, as the fluid acts as a natural barrier that promotes healing. Cover the blister with a sterile bandage or moleskin to reduce friction. If the blister does burst, clean it gently with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it. Wearing well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks and properly-sized shoes can help prevent future blisters. Using blister pads or bandages on areas prone to friction can also reduce the risk. Ultimately, taking steps to minimize friction and maintaining good foot hygiene can go a long way in preventing and treating foot blisters effectively. If you have discomfort from foot blisters, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Gary Saphire, DPM of Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Older Adults and Foot Care

Proper foot health is important for older adults and can impact overall well-being and mobility. Neglected foot issues can lead to reduced quality of life and increased fall risks. Often, elders may overlook foot care due to poor vision or flexibility. Therefore, comprehensive podiatric exams should include foot assessments to spot issues early on. Common foot disorders in the elderly range from bunions and hammertoes to more serious conditions, such as fractures and Morton's neuroma. Disorders like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can affect the heel, while systemic conditions including diabetes and gout can also manifest as foot problems. If you are elderly and want to learn how to best take care of your feet, it is suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist for examinations, in addition to obtaining knowledge on how to maintain good foot care.

If you need your feet checked, contact Gary Saphire, DPM of Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Foot Protection Tips for the Workplace

In many jobs, the feet are our most valuable assets, and ensuring their safety should be a top priority. Whether you work in construction, healthcare, or any field that requires you to be on your feet, there are essential foot protection tips to keep in mind. This begin with investing in high-quality, industry-appropriate footwear. Steel-toed boots or shoes with composite safety toes can provide protection against falling objects or heavy equipment. Consider the type of sole your work shoes have. Slip-resistant soles are especially important if you work in environments with wet or slippery surfaces. Regularly inspect your footwear for signs of wear and tear. Damaged or worn-out shoes can compromise your safety. If your job involves prolonged standing, consider orthotic inserts or cushioned insoles that can provide comfort and support. By prioritizing foot protection in the workplace, you can reduce the risk of injuries, ensure your comfort, and maintain your overall well-being on the job. If you would like more information about foot protection in the workplace, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct type of shoes to purchase. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Gary Saphire, DPM from Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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