Due to their location, your feet take the brunt of your body’s weight and are susceptible to various conditions and injuries. However, you may not realize that, on top of common conditions like bunions or Athlete’s foot, poor circulation can also take a toll on your feet. Find out what could be causing your poor circulation and what your podiatrist can do to help it with Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH.
What is poor circulation?
The body’s circulatory system sends blood, oxygen, and other nutrients through the veins to their specific destinations. Poor circulation occurs when the blood does not flow through the veins to its destination properly. A substance called plaque builds up in the blood vessels and causes them to become more narrow. Poor circulation can be a symptom of an underlying condition or cause a related condition depending on the circumstances.
What causes poor circulation?
Though poor circulation is not a condition in and of itself, it is an indication of another problem. Treating the underlying causes of poor circulation will improve your condition. Some of the issues commonly related to poor circulation include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and peripheral vascular disease, or PVD.
Do I have poor circulation?
If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, you may have poor circulation:
- numbness and tingling, especially the hands and toes
- changes in skin temperature
- muscle cramps
- shortness of breath
- lack of stamina
- swelling in the feet, legs, or fingers
- varicose veins
- changes in the color of the skin
Podiatrist in Columbus, OH
If you think you have poor circulation in your feet or legs, your podiatrist can help you pinpoint the cause of your condition and manage its symptoms. For more information on poor circulation, please contact Dr. Wagner and Dr. Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH. Call (614) 488-9478 to schedule your appointment with your foot doctor today!