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Vitamins May Support Foot Circulation

When it comes to foot health, circulation plays an important role. Poor circulation can lead to discomfort, swelling, and severe complications. However, there is a natural solution that often gets overlooked, which is vitamins. Incorporating essential vitamins into your diet can significantly improve foot circulation and overall vascular health. Vitamin E, known for its antioxidant properties, aids in widening blood vessels and promoting efficient blood flow to the extremities, including the feet. Similarly, vitamin C supports collagen production, strengthening blood vessel walls and enhancing circulation. Additionally, vitamin B3, or niacin, has vasodilating effects, meaning it helps widen blood vessels, thus improving blood flow. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids, while not vitamins per se, are essential for cardiovascular health. Found in abundance in fish oil and certain seeds, omega-3s can reduce inflammation and enhance blood circulation throughout the body, including the feet. By incorporating these essential nutrients into your diet through whole foods or supplements, you can effectively improve foot circulation, ensuring optimal foot health and comfort for years to come. If you have poor foot circulation and are seeking relief techniques, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can discuss how vitamins can play a role in treatment.


Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Causes Symptoms and Treatment for Poor Circulation in the Feet

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