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Common Warning Signs of Poor Foot Circulation

Poor foot circulation is a serious issue that can lead to various health complications if left untreated. Common warning signs include persistent coldness in the feet, even in warm environments. Numbness or tingling sensations, often described as pins and needles, can indicate circulation problems. Discoloration, such as a bluish or pale hue, may also be a sign of reduced blood flow. Swelling in the feet and ankles is another common symptom. Additionally, slow-healing sores or wounds on the feet can indicate poor circulation, as the necessary nutrients and oxygen are not efficiently reaching the area. Cramping or pain in the legs and feet, especially during physical activity, is another key indicator.  Poor foot circulation can indicate serious health issues. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the reason is, and offer effective management tips.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Waterbury Podiatry Consultants. Our doctors 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 Waterbury and Southington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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