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Lower Leg Pain
Proper blood circulation, the movement of blood throughout the body, is essential to preventing lower leg pain associated with poor leg circulation

Symptoms: Do You Have Lower Leg Pain?
Some symptoms of lower leg pain associated with poor leg circulation can include:
  • In the early stages, you may experience cramping, fatigue, or other types of lower leg pain. The pain, whether it's leg pain, lower leg pain or foot pain, usually diminishes with rest, but will reoccur.
  • You may complain of a tired leg, general leg swelling or other nagging lower leg pain.
  • You may also have leg and/or feet cramping when you sleep or are immobile for extended periods of time.
  • In addition, you can incur such symptoms as 'cold feet,' or feet that 'fall asleep.'
Relieving and Preventing Lower Leg Pain
The most important way to treat lower leg pain associated with poor leg circulation is to address the risk factors:
  • Avoid cigarette smoking.
  • Keep your blood pressure under control.
  • Keep your cholesterol levels in the healthy range.
  • Exercise on a regular and frequent basis.
  • Consider special exercise equipment, products and shoe wear that promote circulation, such as a bed wedge or leg wedge.
  • Keep moving – avoid staying immobile for long periods of time
  • Keep your feet and extremities warm.
  • Wear graduated compression hosiery and socks that help stimulate circulation.
The Podiatry Institute suggests that you always see your physician if you have lower leg pain you believe could be caused by poor leg circulation. Medications and treatments are available to treat lower leg pain and leg circulation problems.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health. 
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