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What Are the Symptoms of Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation can be common among older people. It is a condition that can affect the feet, and pain and discomfort may ensue. When circulation is good, existing wounds and cuts can heal quickly, and the body may be able to successfully ward off other ailments. Poor circulation is defined as a lack of oxygen that is needed by vital organs. Symptoms of poor circulation are often found in the feet and can consist of a tingling or numbing sensation. The feet may also be swollen, and the skin may become dry. Poor circulation can be caused by diabetes and atherosclerosis. This is a condition that causes a buildup of plaque in the arteries, and they can become narrow, possibly lessening blood flow. There can be additional health conditions that can lead to getting poor circulation, including smoking, consuming excess alcohol, and being overweight. Mild relief may be found when compression stockings are worn, and a gentle exercise routine is frequently performed. If you have poor circulation, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you relief and treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM of Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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