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Are you experiencing numbness, tingling, or discolorations in your feet?
Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatrist, as many of these conditions can be serious or cause further complications to your health.
Causes of Poor Circulation
There are many reasons why someone may have poor circulation. The most common conditions include:
1. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
This causes poor circulation in the legs due to a narrowing in the arteries and blood vessels. Over time this condition can cause damage to nerves or tissue. While this condition can occur in younger people, particularly smokers, it’s more common for people over 50 years old to develop PAD.
2. Blood Clots
A blood clot causes a block or restriction in blood flow and can develop anywhere in the body. The most common places for a blood clot include the arms or the legs, which can lead to symptoms of poor circulation. In some cases, a blood clot can cause serious complications such as a stroke.
While this condition does affect blood sugar levels, it is also known to affect circulation within the body. Those with circulation issues may experience cramping in the legs that may get worse when you are active. Those with diabetic neuropathy may experience nerve damage in the legs and feet, as well as numbness or tingling.
4. Raynaud’s Disease
A less common condition, Raynaud’s disease causes chronic cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of the arteries in the hands and toes. Since these arteries are narrow it’s more difficult for blood to flow to these areas, leading to poor circulation. Of course, you may experience these symptoms in other parts of the body besides your toes or fingers, such as your nose, ears, or lips.
Warning Signs of Poor Circulation
You may be experiencing poor circulation in your feet if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Pain that may radiate into the limbs
- Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
- Muscle cramping
If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away it’s best to play it safe rather than sorry and turn to a podiatric specialist who can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving circulation. Don’t ignore this issue.
Learn more about poor circulation from your Boise podiatrist.
Cold toes, spider veins, and swollen feet after a night in heels — are these things just part of being human, or are they actually signs of poor blood circulation in the feet? Poor circulation is a serious condition. If you live in Boise, ID, you should seek help from a podiatrist at Idaho Foot and Ankle Associates. Here are five signs that you have poor circulation in your feet.
1. Cold Feet
Shivering on a bone-chilling, blustery day is often an inevitable part of life and usually nothing to worry about. There are times, however, when feeling cold cannot be cured by raising the thermostat. Your blood helps regulate your body temperature, and if there is decreased blood flow in your feet, they may become cold.
Bluish or white toes may yield in response to cold temperatures. The color of your skin is influenced by the oxygen supply, and when there is poor blood circulation, skin can change its color.
3. Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps can be the result of poor blood circulation, as muscles no longer receive the proper amount of oxygen they need to function properly. When too little oxygen reaches the feet, they become cold and muscle cramps can occur.
If your feet get swollen and puffy frequently and for no apparent reason, poor blood circulation may be the culprit. Swelling can occur in the feet because our circulatory system tries to reduce the load and leaves a build-up of fluid in the feet.
When you have poor circulation, loss of sensation may occur for a few minutes in your feet. Although many individuals have experienced numbness in their feet, those with poor blood circulation in the feet will experience it more often.
Poor circulation in the feet affects individuals of all ages and if left untreated can cause damage to your liver, brain, kidney, heart and limbs. Do your feet a favor and call Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates at (208) 327-0627 to schedule an appointment with one of our world-class Boise, ID podiatrists.