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Understanding Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet occurs when blood flow to the lower extremities is restricted or inadequate, leading to various symptoms and potential complications. Several factors can contribute to this condition, including peripheral artery disease, PAD, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, and smoking. PAD occurs when arteries in the legs become narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits, impairing blood flow to the feet and toes. Atherosclerosis, characterized by the buildup of plaque in the arteries, can also restrict blood flow and oxygen delivery to the feet. Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves, further escalating circulation issues and increasing the risk of foot ulcers and infections. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet may include cold feet, numbness or tingling, slow-healing wounds, and changes in skin color or texture. Left untreated, poor foot circulation can lead to serious complications such as foot ulcers and gangrene. Therefore, early detection and management are vital for maintaining optimal foot health and preventing complications associated with poor circulation. If you have poor foot circulation, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Scott Amoss, DPM of Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Whiting and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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