Cold Feet

Many of us may feel that are hands and feet may be constantly or occasionally colder than the other parts of the body. Some people ignore it to be a very common problem to even discuss with the doctor. But it could be a symptom of a more severe health problem.

Causes of Cold Feet

Poor leg circulation or restricted flow of blood to the legs is one of the common causes of cold feet. In other words, cold feet is an indicative of Peripheral Vascular Disease or PVD. The peripheral arteries and the peripheral veins in your legs or feet do not get enough blood supply due to blockage. These circulation problems have many underlying causes like

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Nerve conditions
  • Smoking
  • No exercise
  • Improper diet
  • Pregnancy
  • Sitting in one position for a long time

Symptoms of Cold Feet

People with cold feet suffer from fatigue or cramping in the legs. They may also suffer from tired and aching feet. Sometimes even cramping occurs in the legs when you are asleep or immobile for a long time. In the long run people with cold feet may also develop Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Treatment and Prevention of Cold Feet

  • Get your blood pressure under control
  • Keep your cholesterol level under control
  • Consume a balanced diet
  • Reduce weight
  • Exercise daily
  • Avoid smoking
  • Stay mobile.
  • Wear socks and hosiery that stimulates your blood circulation
  • Keep your feet warm