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Cold feet are a common concern that can affect many people from all walks of life. It can vary from being a mild annoyance to being the symptom of an underlying disease.


What is the cause of cold feet:

Warm feet are generally a sign that the circulation is good. Warmth is brought to the foot due to the arterial blood flow. So, poor circulation is an obvious reason for cold feet as there is a decrease in normal circulation. Some people just have feet that are colder than others and it is not related to poor circulation. A number of medical conditions can cause cold feet, such as multiple sclerosis, heart disease, peripheral neuropathy and Raynauds disease.

What can you do about cold feet:

The best way to deal with cold feet is to prevent heat loss by keeping the feet warm and dry. The wearing of natural fiber socks (eg wool) is advisable. Footwear made of leather has insulating properties that can help keep the feet warmer. It is important that care is taken to prevent any damage to the foot, as if the circulation is impaired healing will be hindered. Guidelines on diabetes foot care are often advisable to follow, even if you do not have diabetes, but have poor circulation.

Treatment of the cold foot:

Cold feet do not normally need treating, but complications of cold feet, such as chilblains (pernio, perniosis), can be helped. There are some creams that can help a foot "feel warmer", but they are not advisable in those with poor circulation, so professional advice should be sought.

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