A loss of blood circulation, or blood supply, in the feet and legs is often caused by peripheral artery disease. Come the winter season, many people suffer from numb fingers and toes as a result of losing blood circulation to their extremities due to colder temperatures. Raynaud’s disease, a condition in which the blood vessels in the fingers and toes contract in response to drops in temperature, is behind an estimated ten million people’s loss of blood supply. The ceasing of blood supply to toes and fingers often causes them to turn icy. Raynaud attacks can last from a few minutes to an hour. When blood flow returns, the fingers or toes will turn blue and eventually red, accompanied with a burning sensation. Due to winter’s drop in temperature, attacks often peak during the cold months.
Diseases that cause poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see one of our podiatrists of Foot HealthCare Associates. Our doctors will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes poor blood circulation in the feet and legs, 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. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Inflammation of the blood vessels, known as vasculitis, can cause poor blood circulation in the feet and legs.
Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:
-muscle pain -numbness in legs
-cramps -skin discoloration
-weakness -slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness -erectile dysfunction
Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or 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 the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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