Blood circulation is the movement of your blood cells through the network of blood vessels in your body. All oxygenated blood gets pumped out of the heart through the arteries, while deoxygenated blood flows back to the heart to be oxygenated again through veins.
When one area of your body is experiencing poor blood circulation, it means somewhere, your blood flow is blocked. Your body will be unable to receive the adequate amount of oxygen and nutrients it requires and prolonged poor circulation can lead to dire health problems, including Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Vertigo, Blood Clots and Cardiovascular Disease.
In fact, one of the symptoms of Diabetes is the swelling of feet and ankles as a result of poor circulation. Nerve damage, circulation problems and infections can cause serious foot problems for people with Diabetes. Sometimes nerve damage can deform your feet, causing pressure points to turn into blisters, sores or ulcers. Poor circulation can cause these injuries to heal slowly, sometimes resulting in amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.
Symptoms of having poor circulation, include having cold feet and hands, muscle aches, strains and cramps, and experiencing numbness due to restricted blood flow. These problems can be improved through improving circulation in the lower leg.
People suffering from Peripheral Artery Disease also inherently suffer from reduced blood flow to the limbs, usually affecting the legs. Peripheral artery disease is generally caused by Atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of fatty deposits (plaque) in the artery walls.
Poor circulation left unaddressed can develop into a serious disorders leading to varicose veins, kidney damage and stroke.