Poor circulation in the feet, often a symptom of underlying health conditions such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease, can lead to a variety of foot-related issues. Symptoms can include cold feet, numbness, changes in skin color, and slow wound healing. Without adequate blood flow, feet may not receive enough oxygen and nutrients, which can cause discomfort and increase the risk of infections and ulcers. It is important to manage underlying conditions, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and regularly check your feet for any changes or signs of problems. If you have symptoms of poor foot circulation, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can diagnose what the cause is, and offer effective treatment options.
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 Nassau Foot & Ankle. 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 our offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.