Usually, it is the circulatory system in the body that delivers nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body. This means that any problem with the arteries could interfere with the blood distribution and may cause improper blood circulation. One such case is the peripheral vascular disease which is generally indicated by tingling or prickly feeling in the hands and the feet.
This is not just limited to hands or feet but can also affect the torso and the heart too. In this disease, one thing that happens is the improper supply of nutrients to extreme parts of the body and may cause minor pain too in some cases.
LDL cholesterol is often bad for the arteries and often causes what is known as deposits of fat reducing the overall space in the arteries. This not only affects the blood vessels but also various parts of the body that are affected by insufficient supply of nutrients. Peripheral vascular disease or blood vessel plaque leads to circulation problems and poor circulation in turns results in many other complications. Diabetes, high cholesterol content in the body, high blood pressure, increased consumption of alcohol, excessive smoking, obesity and lack of any physical activity and sometimes hereditary issues too. The blocking of arteries is referred to as atherosclerosis.
Apart from the numbness and tingling that is common in hands and feet, one can also feel the feet turning cold or the skin being affected with too many infections. Another complication called claudication may happen where the calf muscles are cramped while walking. The skin color changing to blue and red are all indications of poor blood circulation problems.
The first thing to do would be to consult a doctor. Those suffering with peripheral vascular disease or heart disease must ensure that their blood pressure levels are monitored often. Apart from these reducing cholesterol content in the body is of utmost importance by reducing intake of greasy foods. One must quit smoking , and consuming alcohol as these are amongst the main causes of poor blood circulation.
If there are infections on the feet, they must be treated as early as possible to ensure that they don’t spread. Strangely enough even accidents and mental trauma can lead to poor blood circulation. Poor circulation is often treated by participating in regular exercise along with surgical methods like angioplasty that elongate the narrow arteries.