The hidden cause of many leg and foot problems… is circulation. For example, less blood flow to a tendon can lead to tendon pain. Poor circulation can also trigger “pins and needles” feeling, numbness, throbbing, swelling and even deteriorate the skin into open wounds. Unfortunately for the elderly, blood flow to the legs and feet will continue to diminish with age.
To give a better picture, the circulatory system – also coined as the “superhighway” – in our lower extremities consists of veins, arteries, and capillaries. If either of them becomes blocked, overall “traffic” can grind to a halt. Blood, nutrients, and oxygen won’t be properly distributed through the legs and feet, and toxic wastes start to accumulate – often to devastating effect.