Leg circulation may deteriorate as you grow older or if you do not maintain an active lifestyle. Sitting or standing for too long can cause poor leg circulation because your leg muscles are not activated and may lose their function over time.
Several factors can increase your risk of poor leg circulation:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Increasing age, especially when you reach 50 years old or older
Certain medical conditions can also cause poor leg circulation:
Peripheral artery disease (PAD)3
PAD occurs when your arteries (blood vessels that bring blood to your limbs) are narrowed, making it difficult for blood to reach certain parts of your body. Factors that can increase your risk for PAD include high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)4
The veins in your legs carry blood that contains waste products back to your heart. These veins have one-way valves to keep blood from flowing backward. When you have CVI, the valves in your leg veins don’t work properly, causing blood to pool in the veins.