Why Are My Feet Cold?

Last updated: 10-24-2020

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Why Are My Feet Cold?

A few patients have mentioned that they’ve been dealing with intermittent periods of cold feet during the winter months. They aren’t talking about the type of cold feet Julia Roberts gets in Runaway Bride – instead, they are dealing with a physical symptom that leaves their feet cold to the touch. Other than the drop in temperature, what could be causing that issue? We explain why you might be suffering from cold feet in this blog.
Getting Cold Feet

In most cases, cold feet is simply your body’s response to cold temperatures. When your body is subjected to cold temperatures, it naturally does everything in its power to keep the critical organs warm. This means your body begins to divert blood from the extremities, like your ears, nose, fingers and toes to your core to maintain an optimal temperature. Oftentimes cold feet is simply your body’s natural response to cold temperatures.

That said, if you suffer from regular bouts of cold feet, especially when the weather isn’t cold, it could be the sign of poor circulation or an undiagnosed health condition. Here are some medical reasons your feet might be regularly cold:

Frostbite
Peripheral Neuropathy
Arthritis
MS/MD
Cerebral palsy
Hypothyroidism
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Heart Disease
Diabetes
Nerve damage
Medications/Beta Blockers

Also, there has been some medical documentation that suggests stress, tension and negative emotions can cause the small blood vessels in your feet and toes to narrow, leading to less blood flow in the area.
Cold Feet Symptoms

In addition to a cold sensation, some symptoms that may accompany cold feet include:

Muscle cramping
Burning sensation
Numbness
Tingling sensation
Discoloration
Tenderness
Dry or cracked skin

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms in addition to physically cold feet, you should set up a consultation with a licensed foot specialist. They’ll be able to diagnose the underlying condition and get you on a treatment plan that best suits your need. For some people, treatment is as simple as wearing a pair of warm socks to keep the area warm and encourage adequate blood flow, but other interventions are necessary if it turns out a medical condition is causing the issue.


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