A variety of individuals across the country may exhibit poor circulation in their feet at some point in their lives. Poor circulation is essentially caused when the feet do not receive adequate blood flow. Certain individuals are more susceptible to this condition than others, such as those who have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a habit of smoking cigarettes. There are a number of signs that can point to poor circulation in the feet. First, if you have poor circulation, the temperature of your feet might be manipulated. For example, your feet may feel colder than usual. Additionally, you might lose feeling in your feet, experiencing numbness of some kind. If you are suffering from poor circulation in the feet, it is possible that you might even notice hair loss around the feet area. If you discover that the skin on your feet has become significantly cracked and the toenails have become brittle, this might be another sign of poor circulation to the feet. If you are exhibiting these signs, consider consulting with a podiatrist to determine whether or not you are suffering from poor circulation. Together, you can draw up a plan to address the problem and increase blood flow to your feet.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Ernest Levi, DPM of Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor 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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.