Poor circulation can be a major problem for many people today, especially when other medical problems are present. Often, people don’t even realize that they have circulatory problems because the symptoms aren’t very well known. This blog focuses on helping you identify the signs of poor circulation — and when you should reach out for help.
The Signs of Poor Circulation: What to Watch Out For
Some of the signs of poor circulation are quite hard to deal with while others may be more subtle, at least in the beginning. The most common indicators that you may be suffering from poor circulation include:
- Numbness in your hands and/or feet
- A “pins and needles” sensation in your hands and/or feet
- Your hands and/or feet feel colder than the rest of your body
- Your feet and/or ankles are swollen
- You’re having memory problems or can’t focus
- You feel run-down or even exhausted all the time
- You have joint pain
- You experience muscle cramps often
- Your skin color changes in some areas of your body
- Your skin’s texture changes, becoming thicker and tougher in some places
It’s quite common to have several of these symptoms simultaneously. It’s not unusual for the symptoms to be worse at some times than others. However, improvements are usually short-lived unless you seek out treatment for your circulation problems.
How Poor Circulation Can Affect Your Life — and When to Get Help
Poor circulation can impact your life in many negative ways. You may find that untreated circulatory problems keep you from doing anything that requires standing for any length of time. Exercise — even walking at a moderate pace — can become nearly impossible when your feet are numb, tingling, or uncomfortably swollen. Even driving a car can be difficult if you’re dealing with circulatory problems that impact your feet. Small tasks that require holding an object, for example cutting up food with a knife, can be terribly difficult when your hands are freezing cold, numb, tingling, or swollen.
If poor circulation is causing you to miss out on your normal daily activities, it’s time to ask for help. With today’s highly advanced treatments, you don’t have to live this way any longer.
If you’re dealing with poor circulation, contact Georgia Vascular Institute at 770-506-4007 for help. As a referral center that aids in both diagnostics and treatment, we can help with everything from lifestyle change recommendations to surgery for poor circulation. Schedule an appointment online now!