Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Do I Have a Problem with Blood Circulation?

Friday, 12 March 2010 10:29 AM

Question: I get cramps in my heels at night, and my legs feel tight. Do I have a problem with blood circulation?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Nocturnal cramps in your feet and legs may indeed be circulatory, or perhaps you have an electrolyte or mineral imbalance that is easily detected with simple testing.

You need to be sure you do not have a venous clot causing thrombosis called a DVT (short for deep vein thrombosis). Patients with DVT run an increased risk of pulmonary embolism and sudden death. The condition is very easy to treat and prevent rather than to deal with its sometimes life-threatening complications.

Perhaps a foot or ankle problem is causing discomfort, or perhaps your footwear is causing problems. Some endocrine conditions will produce cramping and discomfort, as will some heart, blood vessel, lung, and liver conditions.

Don't try to self-diagnose. Instead, visit your doctor to for an examination to determine the cause of your cramps.

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