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Symptoms of Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet manifests through various symptoms, possibly indicating underlying health issues. Cold feet are a common sign, often accompanied by tingling or numbness due to reduced blood flow. Swelling can occur as fluid accumulates, causing discomfort and making it difficult to wear shoes. Pain and a sense of heaviness in the feet may also develop, impacting mobility and daily activities. Discoloration, such as a bluish or pale hue, suggests insufficient oxygen supply. Additionally, poor circulation can lead to itchy rashes or dry skin, exacerbating discomfort. Improving circulation through lifestyle changes, medical treatments, and proper foot care may alleviate these issues. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat poor circulation.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Royall of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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