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7 Common Signs of Poor Circulation

August 27, 2018 in Circulation

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If you've ever been confined to a long plane ride you're probably familiar with the sensation of poor circulation. Tingling feet, numb limbs, cold hands or toes; these are all common signs that blood flow has been slowed. Circulation is the flow of blood and fluids throughout the body that ensures vitamins and nutrients are delivered to the cells and organs.

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The 7 Common Signs of Poor Circulation

Proper blood flow can be encouraged by regular exercise, massage, or TENS therapy. If you're living with a condition, such as neuropathy, or are immobile for a long stretch of time, there are a variety of signs that your circulation has slowed down. A few of these signs are listed below.

1. Numbness

The number one indication that blood is not circulating properly is numbness. Numbness or tingling in the extremities is a tell-tale sign of poor circulation. This is most commonly felt in the feet and hands. Ask a friend to use the end or tip of a pencil to poke your feet. If you're unable to feel when the pencil makes contact with your foot, this could be a sign of poor circulation.

2. Cold Sensation

If your feet or hands are colder than the rest of your body, it's possible that the blood is not adequately circulating to this area. It's more difficult for the blood to pump its way into the feet and hands due to their distance from the heart. Pay attention to the temperature of your limbs for clues about your circulation.

3. Swelling

In some cases, a lack of circulation causes a buildup of fluids in the body that may lead to swelling. This circulatory swelling is most commonly seen and felt in the legs, ankles, or feet. If you have unexplained pain and swelling, this could be the cause.

4. Difficulty Concentrating

If blood is unable to make its way to the brain, you could experience cognitive dysfunction or difficulty. A loss of memory or difficulty concentrating could be the result of poor circulation. Abnormal changes in blood pressure are key indicators of circulatory problems.

5. Throbbing Muscles

A common sign of circulatory problems is a throbbing sensation felt in the calf muscles. Leg pain can become worse after long periods of sitting. In addition to a throbbing sensation, muscle cramping becomes more frequent.

6. Blue Skin

The nose, lips, ears, hands, and feet may appear blue in severe cases of neuropathy. This skin discoloration occurs when the arterial blood cannot reach the body's tissues.

7. Varicose Veins and Ulcers

When blood is unable to circulate it may begin to pool in large volumes. Varicose veins look like knots under the skin and make it more difficult for blood to return to the heart. When blood collects, it impedes the body's ability to heal; this can lead to ulcers in the legs and feet.

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