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Symptoms and Causes of Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet is a condition where blood flow to the lower extremities is compromised, leading to various symptoms and potential health risks. One of the most common symptoms of poor circulation in the feet is persistent coldness, even when the weather is warm. Numbness and tingling sensations can also occur, making it uncomfortable to stand or walk. Swelling in the feet and ankles is another sign, as restricted blood flow can lead to fluid buildup. This condition can cause the feet to appear pale or bluish in color, and wounds or sores may take longer to heal. Muscle cramps and chronic foot pain, particularly during physical activity, can also be indicators of poor circulation. Several factors can contribute to poor circulation in the feet. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a common cause, where atherosclerosis narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow. Conditions like diabetes can damage blood vessels, while smoking and obesity also can strain circulation. High blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, and blood clots can also hinder blood flow. If you have symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to identify the cause. Once that is determined, the proper treatment can be given for effective management and prevention of complications.

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 Dr. Rouder of S.I. Podiatry. 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:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • 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 Staten Island, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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