One of the symptoms of poor circulation is cold feet. This may be an indication of existing health concerns such as blood clots, chronic pain, and mobility issues. Additional signs of this condition can include swollen feet, tingling sensations, increased fatigue, and the feet may feel heavy. There are various reasons why patients may develop poor circulation. These can consist of being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, and the aging process. Poor circulation can also be caused by existing medical conditions, including diabetes, peripheral artery disease (PAD), or atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to improve poor circulation. It is important to move as much as possible by performing low-impact activities, and walking, yoga, and swimming fit into this category. Patients who are unable to do this may benefit from having physical therapy performed, or possibly from using a cane or walker. Eating foods that are healthy may help to improve circulation, in addition to frequently elevating the feet. If you would like more information about efforts to improve circulation, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.
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 Palm Beach 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 Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.