LEG CIRCULATION PROBLEMS


How do you know if you have leg circulation problems?


What problems can develop if you have poor leg circulation?  Can you prevent these problems from developing?

Most of us take our legs for granted.  After all, we can walk, run, dance and so forth. So, what's the problem . . .

So I get leg cramps every now and then, and so what that my feet get cold?  It happens to everyone, right?

Like I said - we take our legs for granted - but did you know that our legs will show us signs of circulation problems first?

This is because our legs (especially the toes) are the farthest body parts from the heart and therefore are more prone to vascular problems (circulatory).

Poor circulation could be caused by a blood clot, hardening of the arteries, or even the gradual narrowing of the blood vessels.

Blood circulation, the movement of blood through the human body, is not only essential to having healthy great legs, it is most crucial in keeping your heart pumping and your brain functioning properly.

Increased circulation can ease discomfort from aching joints, diabetes and arthritis.

 

Symptoms of Circulation Problems in the legs:

We know circulation problems in the legs can be the cause of restricted blood flow to the legs - but what are the warning signs:

-- cramping or fatigue in the legs, buttocks or feet when active.   These causes of leg pain should diminish with ample rest.

-- tired or swelling or aching of the leg.

-- cramping in legs and feet when at rest, sleeping or immobile for longer periods of time.

-- "cold feet" or feet that fall asleep.

If you have extreme leg circulation problems a blood clot could develop which brings on even more problems.

 
What are the causes?

The most common circulation problem in the legs is Peripheral Vascular Disease, or better known as PVD.  to find out about the seriousness of this problem, click here to read more.

Other contributors could be Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) which is a blood clot that has formed in a vein deep inside, usually in the legs.  More information on DVT.

Swollen Feet and Legs (Edema) - is fluid being retained in the spaces between body cells.  For more information on Edema.


THE FOLLOWING CAN BE CONTRIBUTORS TO CIRCULATION PROBLEMS:


  • Tobacco smoking
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper diet
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Certain nerve and thyroid conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Long periods of sitting in a cramped and immobile position (Economy Class Syndrome) (associated with riding in airplanes)

    8 STEPS TO PREVENT CIRCULATION PROBLEMS:

    1. Avoid smoking

    2. Keep blood pressure under control

    3. Keep your cholesterol level healthy

    4. Exercise (aerobic or cardiovascular)

    5. Use special equipment or footwear to promote healthy legs (bed edge or a leg wedge)

    6. Don't stand or sit for long periods of time

    7. Keep feet and extremities warm

    8. Wear legs stockings (support stockings), hosiery or socks to help stimulate circulation.

     

    It's always best to visit your doctor on a regular basis and inform him of any leg pain or problems you may be experiencing.  Leg circulation problems could lead to other, more serious medical problems.


    This website is here to help you have healthy legs as well as having those great legs you want so bad.

  • "Work on all these things and you'll get healthier legs"





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