Common symptoms of poor circulation can include cold feet, a loss of feeling in the fingers and feet, and the skin may become discolored. When circulation is normal, the blood, oxygen and nutrients are transported freely through the blood vessels. Patients who have poor circulation have blood vessels that have become closed or hardened, causing the blood to move slower through these vessels. Additional symptoms of reduced or poor circulation can consist of weakened toenails, cracked skin, and existing wounds may heal slowly. This ailment can be indicative of underlying conditions. People who have Raynaud’s disease have limited blood flow to their extremities, which may be triggered by stress. Elevated glucose levels in diabetic patients may cause the arteries to narrow and blood vessels to become damaged, possibly leading to poor circulation. If you have any of these conditions, including a numbing sensation in your feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat poor circulation.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Ramin Nadjafi, DPM of Advanced Podiatry Group. 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 Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.