Poor circulation in the lower limbs is typically caused by atherosclerosis, the narrowing and hardening of arteries due to a buildup of plaque. However, there are other causes, such as blood clots, varicose veins, diabetes, obesity, and Raynaud’s disease. When there is inadequate blood flow to the lower limbs, their tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. This can produce symptoms such as muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, coldness, numbness and tingling, hair loss, and discoloration. Additionally, any wounds that form on the feet and ankles may heal slowly and poorly due to an insufficient blood supply.
Poor circulation in the lower limbs can seriously affect your quality of life. Its symptoms can make it difficult to walk, stand, and get around in day-to-day life. Furthermore, if left untreated, poor circulation can greatly increase one’s risk of having a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke.
In some cases, people with poor circulation do not experience any symptoms and may be unaware that they even have this problem. Because of this, it is important to get regular screenings. This is especially true if you are at risk of having poor circulation. People with an increased risk include adults over the age of 60 and those with a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
To learn more about poor circulation in the lower limbs, get screenings, and find the right treatments for you, please consult with a chiropodist.