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http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/shared/npr/styles/placed_wide/nprshared/201407/327851772.jpgChocolate fans may find yet another reason to love the sweet goodness that it often brings. A studyconducted by scientists at Sapienza University found that the polyphenols found in dark chocolate canincrease blood flow. This is especially good news to patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

 During the study, the researchers provided half of their study participants 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate. The scientists observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a  period of time. The results showed that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther, demonstrating improved circulation in their extremities.

Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care.Dr. Salama can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is 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. It usually restricts 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.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   
-numbness in legs
-cramps           
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or 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 maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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