Depending on the arteries that are affected by low blood circulation and where the blockage is, different muscle groups can be affected including your:
- Buttock and hip
- Calf (most common)
- Foot (less common)
Some people who have low blood circulation describe it as burning or numbness. There also can be severe blockages with no pain at all.
Often this is because the body grows blood vessels that “bypass” the blockages, called collateral circulation.
- Wounds that heal poorly
- Legs are cooler than the arms
- Shiny skin over the legs
- Loss of hair on the legs
- Decreased pulses in the feet
Atherosclerosis causes peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease and strokes through the same general process. For this reason, the risk factors for peripheral artery disease are the same as for heart attacks and strokes:
- Abnormal cholesterol
- Cigarette smoking
- High blood pressure
Diabetes seems to be particularly important in the development of peripheral artery disease. People with diabetes have worse peripheral artery disease and tend to improve less with treatment.
Some foods that help your blood flow are:
Oranges and other citrus fruits with high vitamin C are natural blood thinners and are said to