Signs & Symptoms of Poor Circulation in the Feet and Legs

By Basil Argento

Poor circulation in the feet and legs can be a serious medical condition because it can indicate poor circulation to the heart and brain or another serious condition. See your doctor immediately if you suspect you have poor circulation in your feet or legs, especially if you are over 50.

Two young women and teenage girl (16-17) wearing slippers, feet up against wall, low section

Poor circulation in the feet and legs can be a serious medical condition because it can indicate poor circulation to the heart and brain or another serious condition. See your doctor immediately if you suspect you have poor circulation in your feet or legs, especially if you are over 50.

Symptoms

Cramping, pain, burning, numbness, swelling, frequent coldness in the extremities, and hair loss on the legs can be signs of poor circulation in the feet and legs.

Cramping, pain, burning, numbness, swelling, frequent coldness in the extremities, and hair loss on the legs can be signs of poor circulation in the feet and legs. In severe cases, the skin may be pale or the toes may have a blue tint, and there may be slow-healing ulcers on the feet.

Underlying Conditions

Poor circulation  can be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Poor circulation in the feet and legs can be caused by peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or peripheral artery disease (PAD). It also can be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Contributing Factors

Smoking can contribute to or exacerbate poor circulation in the feet and legs.

Smoking, lack of exercise and improper nutrition can contribute to or exacerbate poor circulation in the feet and legs.

Natural Treatment & Prevention

Exercise regularly and avoid sitting still for long periods.

Quit smoking, exercise regularly and avoid sitting still for long periods. Eat a well-balanced diet that's low in saturated fat. Keep your legs and feet warm, and don't wear tight socks or shoes.

Medical Treatments

If your doctor detects a weak pulse or decreased blood pressure in your feet or legs, he may prescribe aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix, Clopilet or Ceruvin), cilostazol (Pletal) or compression stockings. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

References

About the Author

Basil Argento began writing in 1985. A practicing Buddhist, his passions include mental, physical and spiritual health. Argento holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Columbia College.

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