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Why Does Poor Circulation Occur?

The symptoms of poor circulation in the feet generally happen as a result of blood that is carried inefficiently through the body. Poor circulation can occur from blocked arteries, or possibly from unhealthy living habits. These can include minimal stretching and exercise, smoking, or it may happen from standing or sitting for the majority of the day. Common signs this may be impacting your feet can be tingling or numbing sensations. Additionally, patients may feel a burning pain, and it may become difficult to walk or to complete daily activities. In severe cases, the toes may appear discolored, and the feet may begin to swell. Mild relief may be felt when the feet are frequently elevated, and it may be beneficial to incorporate a gentle exercise program into your daily routine. If you are afflicted with poor circulation, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 office located in Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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