What causes poor circulation in the hands & feet?

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Poor circulation in the hands and feet can be caused by a number of conditions. The decrease in circulation can lead to pain, burning, numbness and a cold feeling in those extremities. The condition should be checked by a physician to determine the cause of the problem before treatment.

Heart Disease

Any disturbance in the cardiovascular system that affects the heart pumping blood through the body leads to poor circulation. The hands and feet are often affected by this slowdown of the blood flow.

Raynaud's Disease

In Raynaud's disease, the arteries that supply blood to skin narrow, which causes a problem in the circulation to the hands and feet.

Blood Clots

Blood clots located in the legs or groin can cause a blockage in circulation to the hands and feet. A blood clot can be life-threatening and any possibility of one should be immediately investigated by a physician.


Diabetes can cause circulation problems, especially in the feet. Diabetics who do not keep their illness under control are prone to serious foot problems that can lead to amputation.


Drinking alcohol constricts the blood vessels and can cause circulation problems in the hands and feet. This is especially true in cold weather when the blood vessels are already constricted.

Other Causes

Kidney and lung disease, as well as smoking and drinking caffeine, can also cause poor circulation in the hands and feet. An injury to the feet, hands, or even legs can also be responsible for poor circulation.

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