If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right. Switch to Accessible Site
Reisterstown

Medical Issues May Lead to Poor Circulation

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

Poor circulation in the feet may be indicative of serious medical issues in the body. It happens when there isn't enough blood being carried to the feet, and generally develops from blocked arteries. Additional reasons may include smoking, an unhealthy diet, or sitting and standing for extended periods of time. Common symptoms many patients notice include cold feet, a numbing or tingling sensation, pain while walking. Noticeable signs of poor circulation can consist of dry skin, swollen feet, and the toes may look discolored. Mild relief may be found when a gentle exercise program is practiced, elevating the legs as often as possible, and it can help to wear compression stockings. If you have any of these symptoms, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to manage poor circulation.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. 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.

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 Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Poor Blood Circulation in the Feet
Connect with us