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What Are the Symptoms of Poor Lower Limb Circulation?

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

Poor circulation refers to reduced, inadequate blood flow to a part of the body. The feet, ankles, and lower limbs as a whole are often affected by poor circulation. Symptoms of this condition include cold, numb feet, hair loss on the lower limbs, skin discoloration, dry or cracked skin, brittle toenails, and slow or poorly healing wounds on the feet. That last symptom can be particularly dangerous, as wounds can become infected and lead to a variety of complications. This is especially true for people who have diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, which can cause nerve damage and a loss of sensation that makes wounds more difficult to detect until they have progressed. If you are experiencing the symptoms of poor circulation in your feet and ankles, regularly seeing a podiatrist can help you manage your condition.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Kennan Runte, DPM of Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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