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Causes of Poor Circulation

Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

There are many causes of poor circulation in the feet, and two of the most common causes are diabetes and atherosclerosis. The latter is a process where fat builds up and narrows the blood vessels, making it difficult for the blood to flow. Some of the symptoms experienced may be cold feet, pain while walking, or the feet appearing pale. If you smoke, you may want to consider stopping because this may improve circulation. When healthy lifestyle habits are practiced, the chances of having poor circulation is decreased. This includes eating fruits and vegetables, in addition to drinking plenty of fresh water. It’s important to limit unhealthy fare such as foods that are fried, cream desserts, and fast foods. Making the decision to exercise will not only improve poor circulation, but will also benefit the entire body. Be sure to speak with a podiatrist if you think you have poor circulation in the feet.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Charles Marchese of Avenue U Podiatry. 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 Manalapan, NJ and Oakwood, Staten Island. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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