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Improving Poor Circulation

Monday, 27 July 2020 00:00

Poor circulation, or inadequate blood flow to the lower extremities, is common in people with underlying health conditions, such as peripheral artery disease, and for the elderly. Common causes of poor circulation to the lower limbs include obesity, varicose veins, and blood clots. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to improve circulation to your legs and feet. Walking is a low impact exercise that you can do daily to increase blood flow to the legs. If you are a smoker, quitting can reduce damage to your blood vessels, thereby improving circulation. Finally, eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated can improve overall health, including the health of your circulatory system. If you have poor circulation to your legs and feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who can help you treat, manage and prevent complications associated with poor circulation.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Julie Jurd-Sadler, DPM of Progressive 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 Ijamsville and Mouth Airy, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Poor Blood Circulation in the Feet
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