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Poor Circulation In Left Foot
I have had pain in my left ankle for almost a week, and now I feel like I have poor circulation in my left leg and left arm, is this connected?
No: Very unlikely that pain would lead to poor circulation especially in a 34 year old. You would have to have some heavy risk factors especially smoking to have arterial disease at such a young age. Raynauds can affect ladies your age but not usually in the warm weather. Certainly if your symptoms worsen you should see someone. ...Read more
Pain, foot ulcers:
Leg pain when walking a short distance, called "claudication"
foot or toe ulcers
numbess in the foot or lack of sensation. ...Read more
Possible: Not very likely by itself but depends on the nature of illness. ...Read more
Yes; but other possb: Yes, poor circulation can cause persistently cold feet (even in the summer); but there are other causes as well (Raynaud's phenomenon, autoimmune disease, blood-borne disorders). And some people are just "born that way". The former conditions can be treated; the latter is left alone (if you are "born that way", then doctors "let it be"). TTYD or use HealthTap Prime to discuss & try for diagnosis. ...Read more
Whenever I get cold feet, they look weird and sort of blotchy, could it be caused by poor circulation?
Cold feet: It is possible but it could also be raynaud's which an aberrant response to cold. See your podiatrist for assistance. ...Read more
Sometimes: Poor circulation or clots can certainly cause an ulcer. However people with neuropathy, who have little or no sensation on the feet are also very prone to ulcers: especially is any part of the foot is under a learge amount of pressure. Trauma and infection as well as pressure sores can also cause ulcers. ...Read more
Raynaud's: This is a condition of cold fingers (and/or toes) that is often associated with the finger turning colors (blue, white, red). The cause is usually related to a cold stimulus, and resolves after warming up the hands/feet. It is due to spasm of the tiny capillaries, not due to "blocked arteries". There are some meds that make it worse, and some that can make it better. See your Dr for more advice. ...Read more
Vascular Surgeon: Would see a vascular surgeon to examine pulses in your feet and do other testing if necessary ...Read more
I'm starting to think I have poor circulation in my feet, does anyone know how I can make the circulation better?
First get tested: The cornerstone of treatment is an accurate diagnosis. First get your legs tested before you set off on a treatment plan that may be expensive, dangerous, and unnecessary. ...Read more
Warmth: Stay in good general health and keep the hands and feet protected and warm with gloves and good socks. ...Read more
Misinterpret: You misinterpret the color of your feet for "poor circulation". Poor circulation means inadequate arterial supply (blood rich in oxygen). Your feet turn purple when venous blood pools (blood low on oxygen, returning to the heart/lungs). Pooling occurs normally due to gravity and position. Obesity can be a factor for some people. I'll bet if U elevate your legs, the purple color will disappear! ...Read more
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
When I sit for to long my feet start to go numb I am under the impression that this is poor circulation what can I do to improve it.?
May not be: Although circulatory problems may cause the symptoms you describe, you may also need to consider that sitting for a long time in the same position may be producing a compressive neurovascular problem. That is, sitting may be pressing on blood vessels or directly on nerves that then give you the sensation of numbness. Changing positions, chair, adding a pillow, or getting up often may solve it. ...Read more
Maybe: The contents of soup may help dilate vessels or the heat of it on your hands may do it. There may be natural vasodilators in the ingredients. Obviously you want to be careful that you do not burn yourself. Environmental factors do play a role in worsening or lessening the sensation of poor circulation. If this continues to be a problem, you should see your doctor for appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Temperature change: Can be caused by cool weather or air conditioning in sensitive people, ask your doctor if you have raynaud syndrome, smoking will make these symtoms worse. ...Read more
Smoking: Nicotine is a known vasoconstrictor. It is known to narrow vessels. Compounds in cigarettes also damage the insides of vessels. Excessive smoking magnifies the problem. This puts patients at risk for losing limbs. Drinking does not have the vascular issues but there are many other issues associated with heavy drinking. ...Read more
What are the possible causes of poor circulation in the leg with top of foot burning the day before?
Causes of poor: Leg circulation can be smoking, elevated cholesterol, fatty deposits in the arterial wall, radiation exposure. There are systemic diseases like diabetes that have increased chances of developing peripheral arterial disease. Peripheral arterial disease does not develop overnight so your day before top of the foot burning pain is not such an important clue. ...Read more