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Posts for tag: Raynaud's Phenomenom

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 30, 2017
Category: Cold Feet

With the first blasts of wintry weather we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care see a predictable increase in cold weather related foot issues. While it’s normal for your feet to feel cold when the weather changes, especially in the beginning of the winter season, perpetually cold feet that have trouble warming up can be a sign of a medical condition. Most often cold feet problems are caused by a circulatory issue. Blood has the farthest to flow to your feet and so they are often the coldest part of your body and also can be the first place that a circulatory disorder shows up. Some possible conditions that have cold feet as a symptom include:

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)—with this condition there is a blockage or narrowing of the arteries which restricts the blood flow.

Diabetes—poor circulation is often associated with this disease. An added complication—neuropathy or loss of sensation—may mean your feet can be cold without your realizing it. For this reason it’s important to always wear socks even when sleeping to keep feet warm.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon—with this condition cold causes spasms in the blood vessels in the toes and fingers. Digits will turn white and then blue or red and can take up to 20 minutes to return to normal once they are warmed up.

Medications—certain medications such as beta blockers used to treat high blood pressure, ergotamine medications for migraines and cold meds that contain pseudoephrine all can cause blood vessels to constrict and make your feet cold.

Other Medical Conditions—in addition to the circulatory disorders above there are other health issues that can cause cold feet. These include: fibromyalgia, nerve disorders, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and scleroderma and hormonal problems such as hypothyroidism.

Since there are a wide variety of disorders that can cause cold feet it’s essential that you make an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah to track down the source of this symptom. The foot doctor will start by examining your feet and also taking a complete medical history. Depending on what the podiatrist finds lab, imaging or nerve tests may be ordered. It’s important to diagnose cold feet sooner rather than later, particularly since some of the potential causes pose a serious medical threat. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.