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Possible Causes of Poor Circulation

Published February 28th, 2020 by Blogger

Poor circulation can stem from a variety of factors. Many patients' quality of life is often affected, and it may become difficult to perform daily activities. Common symptoms of this condition can include cold feet, a numbing and tingling sensation, and the feet and ankles may become swollen. Research has indicated that the most common cause of poor circulation is a condition that is known as atherosclerosis. It is defined as an excessive amount of plaque that builds up in the arteries and blood vessels. Additionally, diabetic patients may experience poor circulation, and this may affect one’s heart rate and blood pressure. If you have symptoms of this ailment, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and help you to manage 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 one of our podiatrists from Glendale Podiatry. 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.


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 New York. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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