Poor Circulation

Poor circulation in the feet is a major concern because it may signal other health problems. Circulatory problems may be marked by persistent, unusual feeling of cold, numbness, tingling, swelling, burning or fatigue in feet and legs. Other symptoms may include discoloured skin, dry skin, absence of hair on feet or legs, or cramping or tightness in leg muscles.

Causes of Poor Circulation

Hypertension and/or cardiovascular disease
Kidney, heart or circulatory problems

What can you do?

Don’t wear tight clothing on your legs or feet (e.g. pantyhose, girdles, thigh-highs or knee-highs or dress socks that constrict)
Walking can increase the size and improve the efficiency of the tiny vessels that supply blood to tissues.
Anyone diagnosed with poor circulation should see a doctor before beginning exercise walking.
Tell your podiatrist about any pre-existing condition you may have, including hypertension, diabetes, rheumatic heart disease, anemia or kidney problems.

What can a Podiatrist do?

Conduct vascular examination.
Provide advice on preventing the development of sores, infections or non-healing ulcers.
Evaluate the need for referral to a vascular surgeon via G.P.

Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist – http://www.foothealth.ca/ Retrieved: 2009-06-01