Poor circulation in the feet occurs when the body is unable to carry sufficient amounts of blood to the area. It typically occurs as a result of blocked arteries and can cause severe pain and discomfort. The symptoms that are associated with poor circulation can include numbness, tingling, foot cramps, and difficulty walking. Some patients experience visible symptoms that may consist of dry skin, swollen feet, and the toes may appear discolored. In addition to blocked arteries, there may be other reasons that may cause poor circulation. These may include smoking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, and eating unhealthy foods. Relief may be found when the feet are frequently elevated and if a gentle exercise regime is incorporated into your daily routine.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Carolina Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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.
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