If you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet, it may be difficult to walk, and even standing can be problematic. Research has indicated that lifestyle choices may play a significant role in developing poor foot circulation. These may include smoking, lacking exercise, and eating unhealthy foods. This condition occurs when the arteries become narrow, and it is difficult for the blood to flow freely through them. The symptoms that many patients associate with poor circulation can include a tingling sensation, and the feet may feel cold or numb. Additionally, existing wounds may take longer to heal, and toenails do not grow as fast as they normally would. Moderate relief may be found if compression socks are worn, and this is typically helpful in increasing the blood flow. It is important to implement healthy lifestyle changes that can consist of practicing a gentle exercise routine, drinking plenty of water, and quitting smoking. If you feel you have poor circulation, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.
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 The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.