Our Macomb County patients may think that’s a strange question to ask in the middle of a Michigan winter, but here at Benenati Foot Care Centers, we know that not all cases of cold feet are related to the weather. If putting on an extra pair of socks doesn’t take the chill away, or you experience cold feet even at warmer times of the year, there may be another reason responsible for your cold feet.
Decreased Circulation--The most common cause of cold feet is reduced blood flow in your legs and feet. Your feet are the part of your body that is farthest away from your heart. Any problem with circulation means less blood is reaching this extremity and leaving your feet cold. Conditions that result in the narrowing of the arteries due to plaque, cholesterol, and fatty deposits building up on artery walls impede circulation. These include Peripheral Arterial Disease and heart disease. Certain medical conditions like diabetes are also associated with poor circulation. Smoking is known to reduce circulation as well.
Raynaud’s Phenomenon--This condition is characterized by extreme sensitivity and reaction to cold, which causes spasms in small blood vessels. Other indicators that Raynaud’s may be the source of your cold feet include discoloration on the skin of your toes. They may turn whitish-blue when exposed to cold temperatures and then turn red.
Medication—certain medications cause your blood vessels to constrict, which can make your feet cold. Common culprits are ergotamine medications (used to treat migraine headaches) beta-blocker high blood pressure medicines and cold medications containing pseudoephedrine.
Medical Conditions—in addition to those that cause circulation suppression, other medical conditions can leave your feet cold. These include some hormone imbalances (adrenal insufficiency, hypothyroidism), certain autoimmune disorders like lupus and scleroderma, and nerve dysfunction, as seen in fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy.
If you’ve got cold feet, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office so that our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Adam Thompson can find out why and prescribe the correct treatment.