Poor Circulation Specialist

Best Foot Forward -  - Podiatrist

Best Foot Forward

Podiatrists located in Festus, MO & St. Louis, MO

If your legs are swollen, tingle, or feel numb, you could be suffering from poor circulation. Poor circulation is a symptom of many health conditions that require treatment to avoid having them get worse. If you have symptoms of poor circulation, call or schedule an appointment online today with Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, at Best Foot Forward in Festus and St. Louis, Missouri.

Poor Circulation Q&A

What is poor circulation?

Some health problems cause poor circulation. Your body’s circulation system sends blood, nutrients, and oxygen throughout your body. When blood flow to a part of your body is reduced, you experience the symptoms of poor circulation. Circulation problems are most commonly encountered in the legs and arms.

What health problems cause poor circulation?

Poor circulation isn’t a health condition but a symptom of several health problems. Problems that cause poor circulation include:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Diabetes
  • Blood clots
  • Varicose veins
  • Obesity

When caught and treated early, the diseases that cause poor circulation are treatable. Left untreated, poor circulation and the diseases that cause it can lead to life-threatening complications like loose blood clots. Schedule an appointment if you experience any of the symptoms of poor circulation.

What are the symptoms of poor circulation?

You can experience the following symptoms when you have reduced blood flow to a specific part of your body:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing
  • Pain
  • Muscle cramps

Men with poor circulation caused by peripheral artery disease also experience erectile dysfunction (ED) along with the typical symptoms.

How is poor circulation diagnosed?

Poor circulation is a symptom of many health conditions. To diagnose your specific condition, your doctor reviews your family’s medical history and asks about health problems and diseases you might have.

Your doctor would then order:

  • Blood sugar tests to check for diabetes
  • Blood tests to look for signs of blood clotting
  • Antibodies blood tests to check for inflammatory conditions
  • Blood pressure measurements
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan

Your doctor also completes a physical exam to look for signs of swelling, particularly in your legs and feet.

How is poor circulation treated?

The experienced providers at Best Foot Forward evaluate your poor circulation to determine its underlying cause. Poor circulation treatment depends on the condition causing it, but common treatment methods include:

  • Exercise to increase circulation
  • Wearing compression socks
  • Undergoing vein surgery for varicose veins
  • Taking insulin for diabetes

Medications for poor circulation include blood thinners, alpha-blockers, and calcium channel blockers. Your doctor will determine which is right for you.

If you experience the symptoms of poor circulation, call Best Foot Forward today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.