Healthy blood flow, which is known as circulation, is an important part of how we live. The purpose of the circulatory system is to deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout our cells, in addition to clearing out waste materials in the body. The feet are often the first parts of the body to notice if poor circulation exists, and they may become blue, cold, or swollen. Some people develop a tingling sensation or their feet may become numb. Poor circulation is often seen in diabetic patients, and this may be a result of hardened and narrowed arteries. Additionally, people who sit for extended periods may develop poor circulation and it is suggested to walk for small amounts of time during the day to provide adequate movement. Mild relief may occur when compression socks are worn and these may help restore blood flow to the feet. If you suffer from poor circulation in the feet, please confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is as well as provide effective 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 Kimberly Woodard, DPM of Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . Our doctor 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 office located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.