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Poor Circulation in the Feet and What it Means

While it’s a common and generally minor issue, cold feet can be a sign of other conditions. If you are in a cold environment, having cold feet is a normal occurrence due to the blood vessels constricting; this is typically not due to chronic, systemic poor circulation. Poor circulation on the other hand is when the blood vessels become narrow or blocked. Blockage and constriction can occur from a number of issues such as from smoking, poor diet, diabetes, and Raynaud’s disease. Raynaud’s disease is a condition that causes the blood vessels to spasm and temporarily reduce flow to the hands and feet. If you are a relatively healthy individual, then cold feet can most likely be treated with warmer footwear. For those who have health conditions, like diabetes, or who smoke, cold feet can be a result of poor circulation stemming from these conditions. If you experience cold feet often, then it may be best to see a podiatrist who can determine the exact cause.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. 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 Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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