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Poor Circulation and the Feet

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Poor circulation in the feet, often a symptom of underlying health conditions such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease, can lead to a variety of foot-related issues. Symptoms can include cold feet, numbness, changes in skin color, and slow wound healing. Without adequate blood flow, feet may not receive enough oxygen and nutrients, which can cause discomfort and increase the risk of infections and ulcers. It is important to manage underlying conditions, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regularly check your feet for any changes or signs of problems. If you have symptoms of poor foot circulation, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can diagnose what the cause is, and offer effective treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact the podiatrists of The Foot & Ankle Center of New Jersey. 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.

Causes

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 Paramus, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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