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Key Facts About Poor Foot Circulation

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Poor foot circulation is a condition where blood flow to the feet is reduced, leading to various health issues. It often results in symptoms such as cold feet, numbness, and swelling. Common causes include diabetes, peripheral artery disease, and prolonged inactivity. Smoking and high cholesterol levels can also contribute to this condition. Poor circulation can delay healing of wounds and increase the risk of infections due to inadequate blood supply. Regular exercise, such as walking or stretching, can improve circulation by stimulating blood flow. Wearing compression socks can also help manage symptoms by promoting venous return. Maintaining a healthy diet and managing underlying conditions is essential for preventing poor foot circulation. Having poor foot circulation can be uncomfortable, and the causes often need to be identified before starting treatment. If you have poor foot circulation, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition and offer appropriate relief solutions.

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 Michigan Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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