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What Can Cause Poor Circulation?

Having cold feet may be a symptom of poor circulation. Feet may also become numb and discolored, and there are various reasons for this condition to happen. Existing medical ailments, such as Raynaud’s disease may lead to developing poor circulation. Having acrocyanosis, which turns the feet or toes blue, may be another reason for this to occur. This condition can cause the blood vessels to constrict, and blood is prevented from moving through the feet. Patients who have diabetes often have poor circulation, and immediate medical attention is often sought that may help to prevent diabetic foot ulcers from developing. Additionally, smoking, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels may cause poor circulation. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to reduce the risk. These can include performing breathing exercises, practicing meditation, and yoga, in addition to avoiding alcohol and caffeine. If you have symptoms of poor circulation, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly treat 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 Chuc Dang, DPM of California . 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 office located in Westminster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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