Understanding Poor Foot CirculationTuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00
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.
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 Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. 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 Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.