What Could Be Causing Poor Circulation In My Feet? - Suffolk Foot and Ankle

What Could Be Causing Poor Circulation In My Feet?

What Could Be Causing Poor Circulation In My Feet?

While poor circulation in the feet is not an actual disease, it can often be the sign of other medical health issues that are preventing proper circulation of blood to the extremities. It is very important to know the warning signs of poor circulation and when to book an appointment with us at Suffolk Foot & Ankle. Many of these conditions can cause further complications to your health if not addressed.

Common Causes of Poor Circulation

There are many reasons why someone might have poor blood circulation. It has been linked to chronic health conditions including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. These are some of the most common reasons for poor circulation in feet:

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Patients with this condition have narrowing blood vessels, which cause distant arteries to not receive normal sufficient blood flow. This condition can cause numbness, tingling, nerve and tissue damage over time. It can happen to younger people, particularly smokers, however, it’s more common for people over 50 to develop PAD.

Blood Clots

If the body experiences abnormal clotting of the blood, clots can obstruct blood vessels. The most common places for a clot include the arms or legs, which leads to symptoms of poor circulation. If blood clots occur in the legs, it can lead to discoloration and pain, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In some cases, blood clots can lead to serious complications including a stroke.

Varicose Veins

This condition is often seen in women who are overweight. The valves in the veins lead to insufficient blood flow which causes poor circulation.


This condition affects blood sugar levels as well as circulation throughout the body in the long-term. Diabetic patients often have cramping in the legs, calves, thighs and buttocks, particularly during more activity. Over time they can develop diabetic neuropathy, which leads to decreased sensation in legs and feet plus numbness and tingling.

Raynaud’s Disease

This condition causes constant cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of arteries in the hands and toes. These narrow vessels make it extremely difficult for any blood to pass through, leading to circulation issues. Patients that have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease often see symptoms when exposed to cold temperatures or when under extreme stress. It is more often seen in women living in colder climate areas.

Know the Warning Signs of Poor Circulation

Poor circulation often indicates another underlying condition. There are so many conditions that leads to poor circulation that have their own unique symptoms. Here are some of the more common signs:

  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
  • An ulcer on the toe, foot, or leg or poor wound healing
  • Slower growth of hair on legs or complete loss of hair on the legs
  • Shiny skin of the legs or skin has a change of color
  • Legs or feet with weak or no pulse
  • Cramping of the hip, thigh, or calf muscles that is painful after activity
  • Legs or feet getting colder than other parts of the body much more quickly
  • Slowed toenail growth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away on their own, it’s best to contact us at Suffolk Foot & Ankle for an appointment so we can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving your circulation. Don’t ignore this issue!