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Tests Can Be Performed That May Help to Diagnose Poor Circulation

A proper diagnosis for patients who have poor circulation can consist of undergoing a physical examination, which can determine what the pulse and temperature are of the feet. This is often compared to the blood pressure in the arms, and is lower in the feet with existing poor circulation. This is then followed by checking the pulse in the entire leg, including the groin, ankles, and the back of the knees. Many times, physical tests are performed that can consist of the leg-elevation test and the leg-drop test. The first test involves lying on your back with your legs raised, and poor blood flow is evident when the leg becomes pale and painful. This is followed by performing the next test. Poor circulation is indicated when the leg will take longer to turn red while lowering the feet to the floor. This condition can be a serious ailment that often affects the feet. If this applies to you, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can guide you toward the correct treatment. 

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Poor Blood Circulation in the Feet

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