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Can Poor Circulation Be Prevented?

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Maintaining good circulation is vital for overall health. Symptoms often noticed in the feet include a numbing or tingling sensation and they may feel cold. There are methods that can be implemented that may help to prevent poor circulation naturally. First, stay active and engage in regular exercise to promote blood flow. Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time, and take short walks or stretch breaks. Maintain a healthy diet, including foods rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients. Quit smoking, as it constricts blood vessels and hinders circulation. Manage stress through relaxation techniques, like meditation or yoga. Opt for compression socks or stockings to improve blood flow in the legs. Keep your body hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Ensure proper posture and avoid crossing your legs when sitting. Finally, avoid tight-fitting clothing that can restrict blood flow. If you notice signs of poor circulation in your feet, it is suggested that you consult with 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 Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff of Lake Worth Podiatry. 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.

Symptoms

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 Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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