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How to Increase Circulation in Feet & Legs

By Hunter Darden ; Updated July 27, 2017

Poor circulation to the legs and feet is referred to as peripheral vascular disease. It is typically caused by a slowly progressing hardening in the arteries which flows from the heart to the extremities. The signs of circulation problems in the feet and legs includes skin color changes, tingly, lack of sensation, feeling of coolness in the feet, cramping in the calf, and sores or obvious infections. It is imperative that a treatment program be implemented for overall good physical health and comfort. Your doctor needs to assess your situation. There are drugs that may need to be prescribed.


Prevention of further distress on your feet would include cushioning your feet by wearing shoes that are a good fit and do not create added pressure is a good precautionary outlet. It is important for women to not wear the highest of heels. Wearing no heels makes it difficult to walk and can cause the muscles in the legs and feet to lock. A proper shoe fitting is necessary for comfort and proper circulation.

Do not wear tight clothing because it can cause blood circulation to be slowed. This would keep the blood from reaching the necessary organs that aid in generating a good blood flow throughout the body.

Know that overall mental stress management and a good positive attitude on a day-to-day basis can have a positive effect on your circulation to the legs and feet.

Eat plenty of fresh foods that contain necessary amino-acids, minerals and vitamins that can benefit the flow of blood to the arteries. Certain foods are known to aid blood circulation to the feet. Pumpkin seeds, blueberries, grapes, oranges, avocados, salmon and dark chocolate are recommended to implement in your diet.

Daily exercise that involves stretching and yoga will aid in blood flow and circulation to the feet and legs.

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