Poor CirculationScleroderma, a disease that causes the body to attack the tissues that connect major organs and limbs, is a rare condition. But unfortunately it struck 35 year old Layla Sanai from the UK, and the consequences were disastrous. Sanai was afflicted with tissue scarring, organ damage, and poor circulation to her extremities, which caused ulcers to develop.

Over the next fourteen years this turned into gangrene, causing her to lose a thumb, three fingers, and a toe. She was on a strict medication regiment, but when she stopped taking her blood thinners, her foot became white from the lack of blood. After the pain became too much, she was taken to the hospital and her left leg was amputated from the knee down.

If you need help dealing with poor circulation in your feet, contact a podiatrist like Dr. James C. Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can diagnose your problem and provide you with the best treatment options available to alleviate it.

What is Poor Circulation in the Feet?

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

 Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:

  • muscle pain    
  • numbness in legs
  • cramps            
  • skin discoloration
  • weakness        
  • slower nail & hair growth
  • stiffness          
  • erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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