Saturday, January 28, 2012

Brr! Frozen Toes!

Cold feet are certainly uncomfortable (read our post from earlier in the month on cold feet and Raynaud's disease)- whether they are your own or your mate's bumping your leg in the night. Brr! If you have ever allowed your feet to get really cold, you know that it can feel like they will never be warm again.
But what about if they feel cold even when the air temperature is a comfortable 74 degrees? Cold feet are not necessarily a concern, but they can be a sign of an underlying systemic disease. That is why persistently cold feet should be examined by a qualified podiatrist.
Often, cold feet are a sign of poor circulation. When circulation is adequate, the arterial blood supply to the feet keeps them warm and comfortable. However, when circulation is compromised, feet may feel colder. When this is the case, the feet should be kept warm using natural fiber socks and leather footwear that holds heat in. Because poor circulation, like diabetes, can interfere with healing properties, care should be taken to protect feet  from cuts or hot spots that can lead to sores or infections.
Cold feet may also be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, which is characterized by loss of sensation in the feet, and is often a sign of diabetes. Another problem for which cold feet may be a problem is heart disease.
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