5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Poor Circulation


Having poor circulation can cause issues all over your body, including stopping your feet cold in their tracks. When your feet are uncomfortable or in pain, it can really throw a kink in most things you do throughout your day. We have put together a list of five questions that you can ask yourself about your foot pain or discomfort to determine if something more serious is looming.

1.      Do you have a “pins and needles” feeling in your feet?

2.      Are your feet feeling cold even though the rest of your body seems to be a normal temperature?

3.      Have you noticed a change in color in your feet – are they pale, or red, or bluish?

4.      Are you suffering from sores on your feet that take a long time to heal?

5.      Do your toenails or toe hairs have a slow growth pattern?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, call us today. It’s important to check in with your podiatrist if you’re dealing with poor circulation, especially if it’s causing pain or discomfort.

What could cause poor circulation?

There are a number of things that cause poor circulation, from lifestyle choices to serious medical conditions that could cause poor circulation symptoms. Here are a few:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Diet lacking nutrition
  • Smoking cigarettes

Why is it important to get checked out?

Poor circulation can lead to some serious issues throughout your entire body. It can cause:

  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Severe pain due to blocked arteries
  • Slow healing wounds, which could lead to dangerous infections or amputations
  • Permanent nerve damage or other complications

If caught early, and depending on the severity and cause, a change in lifestyle or a conservative treatment regiment can help restore blood flow to your feet.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions or you know you have poor circulation, give us a call today. Dr. Stuart Snyder here at Maple Springs Foot Center is here to help assess and treat any foot or ankle issues you might be experiencing. To get in touch, request an appointment online or call our office conveniently located in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-762-3338.