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Symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic venous insufficiency is a condition that affects the circulatory system that is characterized by the leg veins not functioning properly.  This leads to blood pooling in the legs instead of being pumped back up to the heart. While it is not a serious threat to your overall health, chronic venous insufficiency can be painful and interfere with your daily life. Symptoms of this condition can include swelling in the legs and ankles, a tight feeling in the calves, leg pain, skin discoloration near the ankles, varicose veins, leg ulcers, and painful muscle cramps or spasms. Chronic venous insufficiency is more likely to occur in those who are overweight, pregnant, have a family history of this condition, or have a history of previous leg damage due to injuries, surgery, or blood clots. If you believe that you are suffering from Chronic Venous Insufficiency or you want to learn more about chronic venous insufficiency, please consult with a podiatrist.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Edwin S. Hart of Pennsylvania. 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 Bethlehem, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Poor Blood Circulation in the Feet