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Common Warning Signs of Poor Foot Circulation

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Poor foot circulation is a serious issue that can lead to various health complications if left untreated. Common warning signs include persistent coldness in the feet, even in warm environments. Numbness or tingling sensations, often described as pins and needles, can indicate circulation problems. Discoloration, such as a bluish or pale hue, may also be a sign of reduced blood flow. Swelling in the feet and ankles is another common symptom. Additionally, slow-healing sores or wounds on the feet can indicate poor circulation, as the necessary nutrients and oxygen are not efficiently reaching the area. Cramping or pain in the legs and feet, especially during physical activity, is another key indicator.  Poor foot circulation can indicate serious health issues. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the reason is, and offer effective management tips.

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 Family Foot Care. 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:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • 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 Valatie and Albany, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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