Why Do I Have Poor Circulation?
Research has indicated that there are several causes of poor circulation. It may result from having elevated cholesterol levels, or from medical conditions that can include diabetes or high blood pressure. Common symptoms of poor circulation can consist of cold and numb feet, and some patients may experience a tingling sensation. Additionally, toenail growth may become slower, and the feet may undergo a subtle change in skin color. Diabetic patients may have difficulty in noticing if there are changes in the feet, and this can be a result of the inability to feel sensation. Poor circulation may be prevented when gentle exercises are frequently practiced and healthy eating habits are implemented. If you notice symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.
Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:
- Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
- Muscle Cramps
Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.
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 one of our offices located in Corsicana, Ennis, and Waxahachie, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, or 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office.