With the winter approaching, sometimes cold feet come from the fact your feet are exposed, your socks are thin, or it’s cold outside. For those people that have chronically cold feet, it could be something more than just not bundling up enough.
These are the 4 top reasons we get cold feet:
- Hypothyroidism - This condition occurs when the thyroid is sluggish and does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This effects the body’s metabolism, which means the body’s internal temperature and heart beat are affected. This overall can cause reduced circulation and colder feet. Hypothyroidism also causes hair-loss, weight gain, depression, and fatigue. It is important to see your PCP, they’ll likely start with some simple blood work.
- Poor circulation - Poor circulation can make it hard for your body to get enough blood to your feet. Circulation problems can be a result of a heart condition, smoking, or leading a sedentary lifestyle.
- Type 1 and 2 Diabetes - Diabetes can cause feet that are cold to the touch. It can also cause numbness, tingling in the feet. It’s important to see your podiatrist if you do have Diabetes, as cracks and ulcers in the skin of the feet can be found from decreased feeling.
- Anemia - This develops when you have a shortage of red blood cells. Decreased red blood cells means less blood circulation through the feet. Iron deficiency anemia can occur in healthy people too. It’s important to see your doctor for evaluation, often starting with a simple blood test.
If you have noticed cold feet, you should absolutely bring it up during your next doctor’s visit.
Be on the lookout for sores on the feet that take a long time to heal, weight changes, joint pain, and fatigue.
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