By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 02, 2016
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With winter fast approaching, you may think cold feet are just the norm for the season. Digging out your fur-lined boots or wearing an extra pair of socks may help, but feet that are constantly cold can be a sign of a bigger problem. Most often, chronically cold feet are an indication of poor circulation. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will be on the lookout for potentially serious causes of cold feet, including:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease—this is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries that bring blood to your legs and feet (as well as other parts of your body). It is similar to coronary artery disease and has the same risk factors: smoking, heart disease, high blood pressure and history of stroke. Your podiatrist can evaluate the circulation to your feet by checking for pulses.
  • Diabetes—poor circulation is often associated with this disease.
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon—cold feet accompanied by changes in skin color from normal to a bluish white can be a sign of Raynaud’s Phenomenon. This condition mostly affects women and stress, smoking (which has a negative impact on circulation) and certain medications can all trigger symptoms.
  • Hormonal abnormalities
  • Nerve issues, such as peripheral neuropathy or fibromyalgia
  • Autoimmune disorders, including scleroderma lupus

Get Checked

Due to the wide range of reasons that feet can be constantly cold, it’s important to make an appointment at our Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Edison office to have your feet examined. The foot doctor has a number of different ways of evaluating your feet and will also take a detailed medical history that can reveal inherited tendencies toward foot problems. Treatment will, of course, depend on the final diagnosis but may include medication, lifestyle changes and referrals to other physicians. If you suffer from chronically cold feet, contact us today at: 732-662-3050.