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Proper blood flow is an indispensable requisition for a healthy life. The right amount of blood flow is needed for various bodily functions like movement of the limbs, functioning of various organs, etc. Poor circulation in feet and legs can result in many symptoms, which develop gradually. Poor blood circulation in legs and feet is caused by peripheral vascular disease, which includes all diseases caused by the blockage of large arteries in the arms and the legs. Diseases like diabetes, kidney problems, lung and liver diseases, thyroid problems, lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, etc., can lead to peripheral vascular disease, which in turn results in poor circulation in feet.
Symptoms of Poor Circulation in Feet
It has been observed that the symptoms of poor circulation in legs and feet develop gradually, and the early stages of this condition is characterized by cramping and pain in the legs, buttocks or feet. The pain and cramping subsides with rest, but will recur as you indulge in the normal day-to-day activities. Later, you may experience pain and swelling in the feet. Foot and leg cramps occur while sleeping or when you are immobile for a very long period of time. You may also experience frequent cold feet, which is considered as a symbol of slow blood circulation to your feet. Cold feet are more commonly experienced at night before sleep, after having certain foods or during periods of immobility. Some people may experience severe and sudden leg pain due to a blood clot, which may stop or slow down the blood flow all of a sudden. This is caused by deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that develops in the deep veins. It is also seen that cuts and wounds in the legs of those affected with this condition do not heal easily. Poor circulation in feet may cause diminished hair and nail growth, and change the color of the affected leg/foot when compared to the other one.
Poor Circulation in Feet — Treatment and Prevention
As good circulation is necessary for the smooth functioning of the human body, it is very important to seek immediate medical attention in case you suspect blood circulation problems. Poor circulation to the feet can be an indication of some other serious health problem. Treatment for poor circulation in feet includes drugs that prevent blood clotting, angioplasty to open up the blocked arteries, using a vein from some other body part to bypass the blocked artery, medications to control the blood sugar level, et cetera.
Some lifestyle changes like, stopping smoking, regular exercises, etc., can be helpful in preventing poor circulation in the foot, and for getting relief from the symptoms of the condition. There are several specially-designed products like special exercise equipment, bed wedge, leg wedge, graduated compression hosiery and socks, etc., which can be useful in addressing this problem. Take care to stay warm and avoid being immobile for longer periods of time. Proper and timely treatment can address this problem of poor circulation in feet and prevent further complications.
Poor circulation in feet is something that seems very minor, but should not be ignored if the problem persists. It the above mentioned symptoms are prevalent for a long period of time, make sure you get in touch with your local Chiropodist for the required treatment.