Circulation Problems Specialist


Dr. Don H. Gaede

Varicose Vein Specialist located in Fresno, CA

Do you frequently have cold hands and feet even when the rest of your body is warm? If your legs swell or you experience pain in your legs and calves when walking a short distance, you may have circulation problems. Don H. Gaede, MD, and the varicose vein specialists at VeinPros can determine if you have poor circulation and develop a treatment plan. Use the online booking feature or give the practice a call to learn more.

Circulation Problems Q & A

How do I know if I have circulation problems?

Your circulation system sends blood, nutrients, and oxygen throughout your body. Poor circulation symptoms occur when blood flow to a specific part of your body is reduced.  

The most common symptom of circulation problems is tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, sometimes referred to as “pins and needles.” The symptoms of poor circulation also include pain or cramping in your legs during activity that goes away when resting, cramping during periods of inactivity, leg swelling or achiness. Feeling cold all the time, particularly in your hands or feet, is another common sign of circulation problems.

What causes circulation problems?

Some lifestyle choices and behaviors can cause poor circulation, including inactivity, improper diet, smoking, and sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. These are preventable risk factors for circulation problems as changing the behavior reduces the risk. 

More serious circulation problems are often the result of other health issues that require medical treatment, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • Varicose veins 

Peripheral vascular disease, or restricted blood flow to and from the heart, is rare but can also cause circulation problems.

How are circulation problems diagnosed and treated?

Since circulation problems are often symptomatic of other conditions, your doctors will complete a thorough exam, take a full family medical history, and order tests as needed to diagnose the cause. The selected treatment for poor circulation depends on the underlying health condition. In addition to lifestyle changes you can make, such as increasing daily cardiovascular exercise and eating a healthier diet, treatment methods for circulation problems may include:

  • Compression socks
  • Insulin for diabetes
  • Laser surgery for varicose veins
  • Blood thinning medication
  • Blood clot medication

When detected early, health issues and diseases that cause poor circulation are treatable. Untreated, circulation problems can indicate a progressive disease or lead to life-threatening complications. Give the VeinPros a call or book an appointment online to evaluate your poor circulation problems, determine the cause, and the best course of treatment.