8 Signs You Have Poor Blood Circulation

Posted by Shannon on Apr 22nd 2024

APRIL 24, 2024

8 Signs You Have Poor Blood Circulation

Discover the common symptoms signaling poor blood circulation like varicose veins, muscle cramps, and cold extremities. Find out how compression socks and gradient compression hosiery can improve blood flow.

Male grabbing leg in pain while outdoors

How do you know if you have poor blood circulation? There are several signs you can pay attention to that will indicate that you may need to boost your blood circulation.

Varicose Veins

When the blood valves arent working right they can bulge with blood causing bluish-purple lines on the skin.

Muscle Cramps

When your body cant supply enough oxygenated blood to the legs, you can experience cramps in the leg muscle. These cramps can get worse with walking.

Blood Clots

Poor circulation often causes blood clots. When a blood clot forms in the deep veins a dangerous condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT can develop.

Man grabbing knee area in pain

Skin ulcers

When the blood isnt flowing properly, you can get sores or ulcers on your skin. They can get infected and may take a long time to heal.


Edema is the buildup of fluid in the arms and legs making them look and feel swollen and puffy. Edema is often a sign of more serious conditions, but often indicate that the blood isnt flowing properly.

Cold Hands and Feet

If you experience cold hands and feet when compared with the rest of your body temperature, this may be a sign of poor blood circulation. This is especially true in the fingers and toes.

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Weak Immune System

Because the antibodies required to fight infection are carried by your bloodstream, poor blood circulation can lead to a weakened immune system. If you notice that you get sick more often, or take longer to recover, this is a sign of poor blood circulation.

Hair Loss and Weak Nails

When the roots of your hair do not receive adequate nutrients due to poor blood circulation, it can cause your hair to become thin and may fall out. Similarly, your nails can become brittle and break off easily.

Wearing compression socks or hosiery is a very easy way to improve blood circulation. True gradient compression prevents blood from pooling in the legs and encourage it to move back toward the heart.



CONTRAINDICATIONS: Compression products should not be worn and are contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions: Severe arterial insufficiency, cutaneous infections, acute dermatitis, wet dermatosis, uncontrolled congestive heart failure, skin irritations, allergies to dyes.

This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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This is general information and not intended to diagnose or treat patients. It is the provider's responsibility to ascertain the appropriateness of individual applications of compression therapy. Patients should always consult with their provider prior to wearing compression products.