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How Poor Circulation Impacts the Feet

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

Poor circulation of the feet is a typical condition that develops among patients dealing with diabetes. Some warning signs indicating you may have poor circulation include: cramping of the feet, slow healing sores, discoloration of the legs or feet, an abnormal temperature of the legs or feet, and possible hair loss of the legs or feet. Poor circulation can be particularly dangerous as it often causes a loss of feeling in the feet. Because of this, if a wound develops on a person’s foot and they don’t feel it, they may run the risk of developing an infection or another type of foot complication that is more severe. Checking the feet daily for any abnormalities or wounds is especially important for those with diabetes, as small cuts or scrapes run the risk of turning into something more severe if left untreated. For more information about poor circulation, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Julie Siegerman, DPM of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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