Given the winter we’re having here in Middlesex and Hartford counties, you may think the explanation is obvious—all those cold temperatures we’re experiencing. But, at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know cold feet can have other causes besides winter weather.
Here are three to consider.
1. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)—this condition, associated with hypertension, occurs because of plaque build-up in the arteries of your legs. This causes poor circulation and restricts blood flow to the legs and feet. One sign of this is cold feet. Other symptoms to look for include discoloration of the skin on your feet (especially a bluish or purplish tinge), loss of hair on legs and feet, cramping, and toenail changes.
2. Raynaud’s Syndrome—patients with Raynaud’s have a hypersensitivity to the cold, and exposure to low temperatures can cause spasms in the small blood vessels of the feet (and hands). In addition to feeling very cold, your skin may turn white and then red and feeling painfully prickly.
3. Medical Issues—certain conditions associated with hormone imbalance, nerve disorders, or autoimmune disease can all cause cold feet. Some of these include hypothyroidism, lupus, and fibromyalgia. There are also some medications like beta-blockers (prescribed for high blood pressure) and pseudoephedrine (found in many cold medicines) that can cause cold feet.
Of course, the only way to find out for sure what’s making your feet cold is to contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices for an appointment. (We offer late and early appointments to accommodate all schedules.) Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will take a complete medical history and then examine your feet to help determine why they are cold and if treatment is needed.