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Poor Circulation and Driving

Individuals who have poor circulation in the feet are essentially experiencing reduced blood flow to the feet. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet are varied but can include sensations of tingling and numbness. If you are an individual that drives an automobile for long periods of time, then you might be at an increased risk of experiencing poor circulation in the feet. For example, long-haul drivers spend a significant amount of the work day in a sedentary state. As a result, long-haul truck drivers may experience increased incidences of poor circulation. If you are someone that drives for extended periods of time every day, then it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. This foot specialist can help you address any issues you might be having. 

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be 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. This can restrict 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, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those 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 maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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