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Methods to Help with Poor Circulation

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

One of the first symptoms that patients can experience with poor circulation is cold feet. There may also be a pins and needles sensation, and the feet can turn blue or purple. There are various reasons why poor circulation may develop, including age, smoking, and obesity. Existing medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may significantly contribute to getting poor circulation. This condition can indicate there may be a heart condition, and there are things that can be done to improve poor circulation. It is beneficial to frequently perform a gentle exercise routine, and caregivers may be able to move the patients legs if unable to do so. Additionally, incorporating a healthy diet into the regime and stopping smoking will help tremendously. The feet can feel better when they are elevated, and wearing compression socks or stockings may help to reduce poor circulation. If you are suffering from this condition, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat poor circulation of the feet.

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 InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 one of our offices located in Mt Airy, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, King, Greensboro, and Siler City, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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