Cold hands and feet may suggest that your body is having circulation problems. Colder temperatures have the tendency to make the blood vessels constrict, sending blood to more vital organs. This often leaves the extremities feeling chilled. If you are suffering from circulation issues and feel certain tingling and numbness, consider these four tips to help keep your body’s blood circulation moving to the hands and feet: exercise, stop smoking, massage, and eating a healthy diet free of processed foods.
Poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs 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. It usually restricts 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 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 are over 50-years-old, have diabetes and/or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and it is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.
Consult a podiatrist or doctor to help determine a regime that suits you.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.