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Identifying Symptoms of Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor circulation in the feet can manifest in various ways, serving as a silent signal of underlying health issues. One may notice a persistent tingling sensation or numbness, indicating compromised blood flow to the extremities. Swelling and discoloration, particularly a bluish or pale tint, are common signs as well. The skin might feel unusually cool to the touch, betraying a lack of proper blood circulation. Fatigue and weakness in the legs can also be attributed to reduced blood flow, impacting the muscles. Cramping and aching sensations may accompany these symptoms, often exacerbated during physical activity. Slow healing wounds and ulcers on the feet are red flags, as compromised circulation hampers the body's ability to repair itself. It is essential to pay attention to these subtleties, as they may signify an underlying vascular issue, emphasizing the importance of seeking timely medical evaluation from a podiatrist. If you have symptoms of poor circulation in your feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

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 one of our doctors of New England Foot & Ankle . Our doctors 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 offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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