Symptoms that are associated with poor circulation can include cold or discolored feet, and there may be numbness or a tingling sensation. Poor circulation can come from closed, hardened, or narrowed blood vessels that can prevent adequate blood, oxygen, and nutrients from being transported through the body. There may be underlying reasons that can lead to poor circulation. These can include Raynaud’s disease, which can limit blood flow to the fingers and toes, and acrocyanosis, causing the toes to turn blue from constricting blood vessels. Additionally, poor circulation is common among diabetic patients as a result of damaged blood vessels. Poor circulation may also affect people who smoke, are inactive, or who have high cholesterol or blood pressure. Mild relief may be found when the feet are massaged, relaxation techniques are practiced, and physical activity is increased. If you have symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment options.
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 Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.