Circulation problems can increase the risk of infection, making it difficult for leg wounds to heal and cause pain or numbness in the feet.
Signs of Poor Circulation:
- Legs and feet that are constantly cold
- Slow or no hair growth on the legs
- Legs and feet are easily wounded
- Wounds have trouble healing properly
- Legs regularly become red when below the level of the heart
The Silent Killer
Poor blood circulation, called “the silent killer,” is relatively common for people to ignore obvious signs of circulation problems for several years before taking any action. The signs may be as subtle as slight numbness or cold feet.
If circulation problems are not treated, the mild symptoms mentioned above can turn into much more serious problems. There is a risk of blood clots forming which can ultimately cause a stroke or heart attack. In addition, arteries may experience damage or blocked with high cholesterol levels leading to a severe lack of blood supply to major areas of the body. In extreme cases, blocked arteries can result in limb amputation if gangrene sets in.
Causes of Poor Circulation
There are many causes of poor circulation and it is typically a combination of lifestyle choices and medical issues that are major contributors. Cardiovascular problems, obesity, poor diet, smoking and heavy drinking are all common causes among affected people.
However, obtaining an accurate diagnosis and identifying the root cause or causes of poor circulation can sometimes be very complicated. Many times, a proper diagnosis requires specialists to be involved and run their own evaluations.
If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned, it is extremely important for you to contact your podiatrist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Poor circulation can often appear as a mild problem on the surface, but underneath you may be at risk on a daily basis of a severe advancement of your condition along with a stroke or even worse.
Treatment options for poor blood circulation generally fall into three categories.
- Lifestyle Changes
Depending on the individual circumstances of each case, one category or a combination of treatment categories, are involved with treatment. There are many different options in each category such as availability of a variety of different medications, adjustments in diet, mandated exercise routines, eliminate smoking and drinking and many more.
Do not take any unnecessary chances and simply “hope” the symptoms you feel will go away. If you have even the slightest indication of a circulation issue early detection and treatment will make the issue much easier to cure.