Peripheral artery disease causes foot circulation problems, as the disease causes hardening and thickening of the arterial walls that supply blood to the legs, according MedlinePlus. PAD is a disease more prominent in men over 50 years old.
Fat deposit along the walls of the artery is the primary cause of PAD, explains MedlinePlus. The fat deposit makes the arteries lose their dilating property, resulting to insufficient oxygen and nutrient transfer to the legs.
Obesity and lack of exercising are also causes of poor foot circulation problems says Foot Vitals. They both cause poor heart conditioning, leading to poor pumping of blood to the legs. Symptoms of PAD include swelling of the feet and pain in the legs, especially the calf muscles.