Poor circulation is defined as inadequate blood flow in the body. This may be caused by medical conditions which may include diabetes, high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol levels. Some of the symptoms that may be associated with this condition may be a cold or numbing sensation that is felt in the limbs, dry or cracked skin on the feet, or slow healing wounds or cuts. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) may be a cause of poor circulation, and testing may be necessary to confirm this. Treatment for poor circulation may include implementing a gentle exercise program into your daily routine, and maintaining proper levels of cholesterol and blood pressure. If diabetes is present, poor circulation may be a factor in preventing wounds to heal properly. This may lead to painful and dangerous foot ulcers. If you feel you have poor circulation, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M of Florida. Dr. Klein 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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