Cold Feet: More Than Just Pre-Wedding Jitters!

cold-feet-pad-400x400We often hear patients complain of cold feet, and we aren’t talking about pre-wedding jitters here!  If you notice that more often than not your feet are chilly, even when wearing shoes, there might be an underlying issue.  Even in warm weather, some individuals can’t seem to get their toes warm!

Our number one concern as podiatrists is whether or not your feet are getting enough circulation.  Smoking and stress can certainly further hinder circulation to the extremities.  Women are also more prone to have chilly feet.  Avoid alcohol or caffeine; both increase blood flow to the surface of the skin.  Anemia can also contribute to poor oxygen in the blood.  In some cases, a condition called Raynaud’s disease is the culprit of cold hands and feet.  This is a vascular condition where not enough blood gets to the fingers and toes, causing pain.

If you have a desk job, or do a great deal of sitting, be sure to get up and walk around the office once an hour.  This helps to stimulate blood flow to the legs.  The more you do this, the less cold your feet are likely to be due to poor circulation.  Naturally, if you have chronically cold feet, or if you start experiencing pain in the toes, it’s best to request an appointment and come see one of our specialists to get to the root of the problem.

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