Venous Disease and Foot Pain: Why It’s So Hard to Take One Step at a Time

When dealing with an overwhelming diagnosis, it’s often best to put one foot in front of the other and simply keep moving forward, right?

But what if every step only hurts more?

Particularly if you are living with venous disease, walking, running, or even standing on your feet for prolonged periods of time may not only be uncomfortable, but outright painful. And if you’re wondering why that is and what you can do to feel better, we have all of the answers you’re looking for… 

Getting Off On the Wrong Foot

Simply put, when one is living with a venous disease — be it chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or another vein-related diagnosis — their blood is not flowing properly throughout the body and to the extremities. 

And without a sufficient volume of blood, your body will have difficulty keeping up with your brain’s signals, thereby generating pain in those depleted regions. Otherwise, the pooling of blood in one area, such as the feet or legs, may also cause internal pressure that leads to swelling and additional discomfort.

Thus, Harvard Health Publishing has specified that foot pain is one of the most commonly experienced symptoms among venous disease paints.

But that’s not all. Did you know studies also indicate that the dexterity of one’s feet may also affect their symptoms or likelihood of contracting venous disease? Greater dorsiflexion of one’s feet (or the backward bending and contraction of the feet), for instance, may indicate a higher risk for the progression of venous-related complications.

When Blood Isn’t Your Only Achilles’ Heel

Sometimes, foot pain isn’t always a direct result of the blood flow itself. At other times, it may also be an unfortunate byproduct of other similarly-occurring symptoms.

For example, the American Heart Association has identified not only “a marked decrease in the temperature of your lower leg or foot” as a foot-related symptom of PAD, but also wounds on the feet or toes that either heal very slowly or won’t heal at all.

Otherwise, restless leg syndrome (RLS) may be another catalyst for foot pain or discomfort. Not only is research now raising the possibility that the onset of RLS and venous disease may be interconnected, but the two conditions also share similar physical symptoms, such as itching, throbbing, swelling, and cramping in the legs and feet.

Putting Your Foot Down with Foot Pain

At the end of the day, frequent and persistent foot pain doesn’t have to remain a long-term reality, nor does it have to impede how you live your life or pursue your hobbies. Thus, if you’re ready to put your foot down with venous disease and eliminate your foot pain, it’s time to reach out to Duval Vascular Center!

Not only do we offer our patients state-of-the-art care in a comfortable outpatient setting, but we also ensure efficient collaboration with your primary healthcare provider in order to custom-design a treatment plan that is best suited to your body. 

Whatever your needs, your health is our priority. Contact us by calling (904) 518-1398 to schedule your FREE vein screening today!