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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.
Scientists at Sapienza University conducted a study with some rather delicious results. The university’s scientists discovered that polyphenols found in dark chocolate can increase blood flow. This increased blood flow happens to be quite beneficial for patients suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Half of the study’s subjects were provided 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half given 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate by researchers. Researchers observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a set period of time. The results showed that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther and demonstrated improved circulation in their extremities.
Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.
Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.
It can also cause:
-muscle pain -numbness in legs
-cramps -skin discoloration
-weakness -slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness -erectile dysfunction
Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.
If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.
As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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