Experiencing cold feet is common in the winter. However, experiencing it throughout the year might be due to your body’s natural response to the temperature or medical conditions that need treatment including, stress, anemia, and an underactive thyroid.
Learn more about the causes and symptoms of cold feet and how to deal with them.
Lack of warmth can result in cold feet, but besides that, there are other causes, including:
Sitting for long periods, smoking, and a heart problem reduces blood circulation, making it difficult for your feet to get warm blood.
Anemia occurs when you do not have sufficient red blood cells to transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body, causing cold feet. It can also be caused due to internal bleeding or an iron or vitamin deficiency. Your doctor can diagnose whether you have anemia and how you can address it.
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a disease where your thyroid gland does not produce sufficient thyroid hormone. This interferes with your body’s metabolism that controls heartbeat and temperature, leading to reduced circulation that causes cold feet.
Raynaud’sDisease increases your body’s sensitivity to cold. It also causes the narrowing of arteries in your feet, preventing normal blood flow and making them cold. When the temperature drops, your toes, and fingers may feel numb and frozen, sometimes appearing pale and blue. As your feet get warm later, they may sting and turn reddish. Cold weather, stress, anxiety, or air conditioning can cause this condition.
Whenever you feel stressed out, your body will usually redirect your blood flow away from your feet and towards your core. This decreases the blood flow to your feet, making them cold.
High cholesterol and inflammation in your blood vessels may increase your risk of circulation problems, also known as arterial disease, that causes cold feet.
Diabetes can lead to narrowing of the arteries and a reduced blood supply to the tissues, causing cold feet. Also, it can cause the feet to feel cold due to nerve damage. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of vein damage on your feet, and watch out for any cuts or injuries.
Other possible causes of cold feet are:
Follow these remedies to keep your feet warm:
Visit your doctor if you are experiencing cold feet and:
If you experience cold feet or any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with North Atlanta Vascular Clinic and Vein Center. We offer the best cold feet treatment in Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Roswell, and Cumming.