Foot circulation is an important aspect of overall foot health, and when it falters, it can lead to discomfort and serious issues. Several factors can contribute to poor foot circulation. One common cause is peripheral artery disease, abbreviated PAD, in which arteries narrow due to plaque buildup, limiting blood flow to the extremities. Diabetes can also damage blood vessels and nerves, leading to circulatory problems. Obesity puts extra pressure on the circulatory system, making it more difficult for blood to flow freely. Additionally, smoking can constrict blood vessels and reduce circulation. Prolonged periods of inactivity can also hinder circulation. Finally, cold temperatures can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow. Understanding these causes is vital for prevention and early intervention to ensure optimal foot circulation and overall well-being. If you have poor foot circulation, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and help you manage this condition.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors 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 Montgomery, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.