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A Numbing Sensation in the Feet May Indicate Poor Circulation

Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

The medical condition that is known as poor circulation may be indicative of serious health issues. Blood, oxygen, and nutrients are circulated throughout the body, and may be hindered as a result of specific ailments. These can include diabetes, obesity, and certain types of heart conditions. The symptoms that are generally associated with poor circulation can include a numbing or tingling sensation in the feet, sharp pain, and muscle cramps. If poor circulation is not promptly treated, it may lead to a stroke. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine the cause and offer proper treatment techniques.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Richard T. Bauer of Summit Foot & Ankle. 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.

Causes

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 Latham, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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