Poor circulation in the legs can cause these areas to feel aches and pain. Tired, aching and painful legs can affect the simple things we love doing like gardening, walking the dog or playing with grandchildren.
When blood flow is interrupted or obstructed in the feet, swelling may occur. Without proper blood flow in these areas, blood can collect or pool in the lower limbs. This build-up of pressure forces fluid from the blood vessels into surrounding tissue. This pressure can cause puffiness in one or both feet which often cause pain and can restrict your range of movement.
There are several reasons why you may experience cold hands and feet. One of the most common causes is poor circulation. When blood flow is restricted it can lead to temperature changes in the skin.
Cramping and pain is caused when not enough blood flow reaches your muscles and often occurs after walking. When the blood does not flow correctly, oxygen and nutrients cannot reach tissues effectively, which can result in stiffness and cramping.
Poor circulation can be caused by underlying medical conditions. We recommend you seek medical diagnosis from your doctor if you have leg symptoms combined with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoking.
When experiencing poorer circulation there are some simple symptoms that can be recognised
Your legs act as a "second heart"
Returning blood to the heart from lower parts of the body, such as the feet and legs, is hard work for your circulation because the blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’. To do this, the circulation needs help from muscles that surround the veins. When we walk, muscles in the feet and legs help to pump blood upwards. The more the muscles work the greater the squeezing action and the easier it is to push blood back to the heart. In effect, muscles in areas such as the feet and legs work as your "second heart".
Blood is very important because it carries and delivers many things that the body needs to stay well.
Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from your heart to the legs, arms and other parts of the body allowing your muscles to work.
Veins carry the used blood back to your heart. Returning blood to the heart from the feet and legs is very difficult as blood has to be pushed ‘uphill’ back to the heart.
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