Poor circulation can lead to numerous health conditions or worsen those you already have. The first indication of poor circulation is usually a problem with the hands, feet, or legs.
There are many causes of poor circulation, some of which are related to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Poor foot circulation is sometimes caused by obesity, lack of exercise, or poor food choices. These habits can cause the arteries that carry oxygenated blood and nutrients around the body to become diseased. A diseased artery narrows, preventing the easy flow of blood to organs and muscles. The reduced blood flow results in less oxygen being delivered to all parts of the body, which can hinder the body’s ability to function normally.
A number of diseases, including diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and high cholesterol, can also interfere with blood flow and cause poor circulation. People with diabetes are especially at risk for foot problems:
Nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections can cause serious foot problems for people with diabetes. Sometimes nerve damage can deform or misshape your feet, causing pressure points that can turn into blisters, sores, or ulcers. Poor circulation can make these injuries slow to heal. Sometimes this can lead to amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.
Reduced blood flow to the limbs is called peripheral artery disease (or peripheral arterial disease). This usually affects the legs. Peripheral artery disease is generally caused by atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of fatty deposits (plaque) in the artery walls.
Poor circulation that is not addressed can develop into a serious disorder, and can lead to varicose veins, kidney damage, and strokes.
How to Improve Poor Circulation in Feet
Poor circulation in the feet can be treated in a number of ways. Management of the underlying cause of the poor circulation, such as atherosclerosis, is a key part of treatment. It is also helpful to eliminate risk factors for poor circulation, such as lack of exercise, smoking, and obesity. In people with diabetes, this also means good control of blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Medications often used in the treatment of peripheral artery disease include:
- Symptom-relief medications to increase blood flow to the limbs and treat symptoms of claudication
- Antiplatelet or anticoagulant medications to prevent blood clotting
- Cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
- High blood pressure medications (antihypertensives)
- Medications to control blood sugar in those with diabetes
For serious issues with blood flow, your doctor may consider angioplasty, which can be used to enlarge the narrowed peripheral arteries, or arterial bypass, in which a vein from another part of the body is used to bypass the narrow or blocked artery. These procedures are usually performed by a vascular surgeon.
Foot care is especially important for those with poor circulation to the foot (peripheral vascular disease). Some ways of better caring for your feet include:
- Wearing proper shoes to avoid placing undue pressure on certain areas of the foot and to prevent injury
- Practicing proper foot hygiene and taking gentle care of corns and calluses
- Inspecting your feet daily
- Seeking help from your doctor for any wounds, sores, or infections on the foot that won’t heal
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