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Lifestyle Changes May Help Poor Circulation

Monday, 18 December 2017 00:00

Poor circulation in the feet is commonly caused by the body’s inability to carry blood to the lower extremities. It usually stems from blockages in the arteries, although there may be several contributing factors which can cause this condition. It helps to be aware of how you’re feeling, because many symptoms can be disguised as average aches and pains associated with aging. Symptoms may include numbness, an icy feeling in the feet, and pain in the calves while walking. Discoloration in the toes, swelling in the feet or having dry skin are additional signs that you may suffer from poor circulation. There are factors that may lead to this condition, such as poor diet, lack of regular exercise, and standing for extended periods of time without moving. Lifestyle changes may help by improving blood flow. These may include exercise, diet changes, hot and cold therapy, and elevation of the legs, especially while sleeping. If you’re experiencing pain in the legs and feet, please consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Odin De Los Reyes of Connecticut. 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 offices located in Southbury and Farmington, CT. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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