Symptoms of poor circulation in the legs include numbness and burning, achy leg muscles, poorly healing sores and shiny skin and loss of hair on the legs, according to WebMD. Legs that feel cooler than arms and a light pulse in the feet are also peripheral artery disease symptoms.
Peripheral artery disease causes poor circulation, notes WebMD. Blood flow to the muscles is restricted as the arteries in the legs harden and become narrower, which is called atherosclerosis. The reduced blood flow produces pain during muscle exertion. Choosing healthy foods, exercising, not smoking and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels can stop peripheral artery disease. Pentoxifylline and cilostazol are two drugs that increase blood flow in patients suffering from poor circulation.