Poor Circulation Symptoms

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Poor circulation, also called peripheral artery disease (PAD), has a variety of causes, including heart disease, diabetes and old age. Symptoms may depend on the cause of the condition and may be worse in the extremities of the body. Diabetics are at particular risk for poor circulation, so they should have regular check-ups to prevent complications. People who think they have poor circulation should be seen by their doctors to rule out potentially serious medical conditions.

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Foot problems

People with poor circulation in the feet may experience blisters, cuts and sores that do not heal well or get worse over time, as well as problems with toenails.


Cold hands and feet, especially in the fingers and toes, can be a result of poor circulation, as the extremities are the furthest away from the heart and the last to receive oxygen-rich blood.


Blueness or paleness of the lips, fingers and toes, especially under the fingernails and toenails, is a symptom of poor circulation.


According to the Mayo Clinic, cramping and pain in the muscles of the legs and buttocks, especially after walking or climbing stairs, is a common symptom of poor circulation.

Hair Loss

The Mayo Clinic also cites the loss of hair on the feet and legs as a common symptom of poor circulation due to a lack of adequate blood flow.


Amputation of the feet and legs is a direct consequence of poor circulation and is common in people with diabetes, according to the Cleveland Clinic.


People with PAD and diabetes should take extra care to prevent poor circulation in the feet by conducting regular foot inspections and washing the feet daily to remove debris and promote blood flow.

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