Poor circulation occurs when blood flow to a specific part of your body is reduced. Several conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, can all lead to poor circulation. Unhealthy behaviors can be attributing factors, including smoking cigarettes, lack of exercise, and having high cholesterol. Poor circulation in the feet can be caused by peripheral artery disease, or PAD. PAD is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Poor circulation is also known to cause muscle pain, stiffness, skin discoloration, and erectile dysfunction. People who have diabetes and smoke are at the greatest risk for poor blood circulation, as well as those who are over the age of 50. Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can drastically improve conditions. If you are experiencing complications from poor circulation in your lower extremities, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Kennedy Legel of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor 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 Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.