Poor Foot Circulation and Physical Interventions

Poor foot circulation refers to a condition where blood flow to the feet is compromised, leading to various types of discomfort and health issues. These often arise from underlying conditions, like peripheral artery disease, diabetes, or vascular disorders, which hinder the efficient transport of oxygen and nutrients to the feet. Cold feet, numbness, and tingling sensations are common indicators of inadequate blood circulation. Implementing effective physical interventions is paramount in managing this condition. Regular exercise, such as walking or gentle stretches, promotes blood flow and strengthens the muscles that assist in circulation. Elevating the legs when sitting or lying down helps to reduce swelling and encourages blood flow. Proper hydration and maintaining a healthy weight also contribute significantly to overall circulatory health. If you have poor circulation and notice symptoms in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective treatment methods.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dean Kim, DPM of Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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