TORONTO FOOT CLINIC SHARES SOME INFORMATION REGARDING POOR CIRCULATION IN THE FEET
posted: Jun 17, 2014.
Inadequate blood supply to the feet can cause symptoms ranging anywhere from mild discomfort to open sores and painful skin conditions. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the congestion of arteries that blocks blood flow to the extremities. Your foot specialist can point you in the right direction to combat the causes of poor circulation so you can walk, exercise, and enjoy life normally. Below are some of the most common signs that you have poor circulation in your feet.
Numbness and Pain
Poor circulation can directly affect sensation in your feet. Pain can occur when walking or performing everyday tasks. Numbness can take the form of complete lack of sensation, or a feeling of “pins and needles” in the extremities. Both of these stimuli alterations occur when blood supply is low.
- Among other things, blood transports oxygen throughout your body. Oxygen shortage results in discoloration of the affected areas. Your feet can turn pale, or any combination of blue and red. This discoloration is known as cyanosis. Consider cyanosis a warning to see a doctor to improve your blood flow before more serious medical problems arise.
Sores and Breakdown
- Poor blood circulation can cause open sores and breakdown of the skin. Adequate blood supply allows minor cuts and abrasions to heal quickly. When blood supply is low, these breakages in skin not only fail to heal, but they expand over time and become larger open wounds. These openings offer easy access to pathogens that can cause infections. Even without the provocation of a cut, poor blood supply can cause unhealthy skin to crack and break easily.