There are many disorders associated with circulatory problems...when fatty deposits form along the walls of the arteries, it causes constriction and hypertension (high blood pressure) can result. Circulatory problems brought on by chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the extremities (usually smokers) is thromboangitis obliterans (Buerger’s Disease). The foot or lower leg is usually affected; however, it can occur in the hand, arm, or thigh. Early signs are a tingling sensation or a burning sensation.
A third and potentially serious circulatory condition is Raynaud’s Phenomenon characterized by constriction and spasms of the blood vessels in the extremities. Extremities may appear colorless or bluish due to lack of circulation and arterial spasm.
Poor circulation can also result from varicose veins, which develop because of a loss of elasticity in the walls of the veins. You may wish to refer to the Arteriosclerosis Page
on our site for more support.
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