Do you have cold feet?
Are your cold feet a medical problem?
Some causes of cold feetHaving cold feet affects people of all walks of life. In cold temperatures, your body reacts by decreasing the blood flow to your extremities. That's why your hands and feet feel colder than the rest of your body. If you have chronic cold feet, you may have impaired blood circulation. This can be aggravated by not moving regularly. If you have any disease, like diabetes, it can decrease blood flow to your feet.
Peripheral vascular disease, PVD, is just a term used for a variety of medical conditions that lead to poor blood flow in the feet and hands. Not only diabetes, but other diseases like multiple sclerosis, Raynaud's Disease, and even arthritis.
Chronically cold feet symptomsSymptoms of having a cold feet that are medical problems:
-Cold feet with stress and tension . This causes blood vessels in your extremities to tighten, lessening blood flow.
-Insensitive to pain and numbness in feet.
-Burning or tingling.
-Pains and cramps.
-Cannot handle heat or cold.
-Aggravated by touch or rubbing of anything against the feet.
Most often, these symptoms are aggravated at night in bed.
Complications of chronically cold feet.If you have a medical condition that is causing your cold feet, you are in danger of developing the following.
Losing feeling in your feet. Your feet will feel numb, but be very sensitive to being poked or touched.
Dry and cracked feet. Can be quite painful.
Cold feet caused by lack of blood flow can result in infections under the skin.
Gangrene. This is an extreme case, but can happen in people with a circulation problem like diabetes.
Cold feet careWear warm clothing to keep your body warm.
Dry socks are a must.
If your feet get wet or sweat, it could aggravate the cold feeling on feet.
Anything that can comfortably trap heat on your feet.
Electric heated socks.
Keep your diabetes under control and eat healthy.
Exercise regularly. Get moving as much as you can.