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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
August 15, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: poor circulation  

Are you experiencing numbness, tingling, or discolorations in your feet?

Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatrist, as many of these conditions can be serious or cause further complications to your health.

Causes of Poor Circulation

There are many reasons why someone may have poor circulation. The most common conditions include:

1. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

This causes poor circulation in the legs due to a narrowing in the arteries and blood vessels. Over time this condition can cause damage to nerves or tissue. While this condition can occur in younger people, particularly smokers, it’s more common for people over 50 years old to develop PAD.

2. Blood Clots

A blood clot causes a block or restriction in blood flow and can develop anywhere in the body. The most common places for a blood clot include the arms or the legs, which can lead to symptoms of poor circulation. In some cases, a blood clot can cause serious complications such as a stroke.

3. Diabetes

While this condition does affect blood sugar levels, it is also known to affect circulation within the body. Those with circulation issues may experience cramping in the legs that may get worse when you are active. Those with diabetic neuropathy may experience nerve damage in the legs and feet, as well as numbness or tingling.

4. Raynaud’s Disease

A less common condition, Raynaud’s disease causes chronic cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of the arteries in the hands and toes. Since these arteries are narrow it’s more difficult for blood to flow to these areas, leading to poor circulation. Of course, you may experience these symptoms in other parts of the body besides your toes or fingers, such as your nose, ears, or lips.

Warning Signs of Poor Circulation

You may be experiencing poor circulation in your feet if you are experiencing these symptoms:

  • Numbness
  • Pain that may radiate into the limbs
  • Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
  • Muscle cramping

If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away it’s best to play it safe rather than sorry and turn to a podiatric specialist who can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving circulation. Don’t ignore this issue.

Healthy FeetThe feet are perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the body. But did you know that they are also some of your most important?

Don’t wait until something is wrong to give your feet extra attention. Keeping your feet feeling healthy and looking beautiful is easy. Here’s how:

  • Inspect your feet regularly, being mindful of any changes in appearance, color and texture.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene by washing and drying feet regularly.
  • Choose proper shoes, and always wear the correct size.
  • Keep feet dry to prevent bacterial infections by wearing moisture-wicking socks.
  • Alternate shoes each day.
  • Trim toenails straight across and gently file away sharp corners to prevent an ingrown. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
  • When wearing sandals, remember to apply sunblock.
  • If your feet hurt, don’t ignore the pain! Consult a Sammamish podiatrist if symptoms worsen or do not resolve.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your feet as you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems due to nerve damage and poor circulation.  Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care.  Since even the smallest cut can have serious consequences, it is important that people with diabetes inspect their feet every day and visit their Sammamish podiatrist for routine exams.

When to Consult Howard Schaengold, D.P.M.

If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it! Consult your podiatrist. Pain, redness, swelling or discoloration are not normal symptoms and should be examined by a trained foot specialist.