Whether you're a frequent walker or only walk when necessary, experiencing numbness or poor blood circulation in your legs should never be left untreated. Poor leg circulation has various causes, including a lack of proper nutrition, obesity or simply standing in one position for too long. No matter the cause, poor blood circulation and numbness from walking is uncomfortable and should be addressed as soon as possible.
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In addition to numbness, you may experience other symptoms if you have poor blood circulation. Other symptoms include a tingling or burning sensation in your legs or hands, pain, swelling, coldness, inability to catch your breath, decreased energy and an abnormal heart beat. Other signs you have poor blood circulation are erectile dysfunction in men, thicker toenails and thin or absent leg hair, says Dr. Mark Stafford at UAB Health System.
When you use your muscles, including walking or running, your blood begins flowing through your veins at a greater speed. If you suffer from poor blood circulation, the blood has a more difficult time providing oxygen to your legs and feet. This can make your lower extremities feel numb, cold or swollen.
Ache Vs. Cramp
Many people confuse a muscle ache with a muscle cramp. Cramps typically occur after a muscle has been used, but a muscle ache occurs while the muscle is actually in use, according to Harvard University Family Health Guide. In addition, muscle aches are typically more prolonged and feel more like a slow throbbing sensation in comparison to a cramp's abrupt and sharp pain.
When left untreated, poor blood circulation can result in diabetes, arthritis, high LDL cholesterol and heart disease. Consult your doctor if you experience poor circulation frequently. She can prescribe medication for you and provide tips on how to increase blood flow throughout your body. If you experience extreme pain, go to the emergency room or call 911 for assistance.