Do you have cold or numb toes? While many people may have cold feet because it is cold, there could be other medical reasons as well.
Persistent coldness, numbness, or pain is not normal, unless you’re walking in snow every minute.
To find out the different causes for cold feet, keep reading!
(image by Diabetesmine.com)
When people have diabetes, the elevated sugar levels in the blood can damage the nerves and interfere with their ability to function, which also called “neuropathy.”
Neuropathy changes your perception of sensations and eventually progresses to loss of sensation. Neuropathy also changes the way nerves reacts to stimuli. The nerves in the feet do not communicate with the rest of the body.
When people are warm the blood vessels dilate, this explains why folks get rosy cheeks. But with diabetes the nerves in the foot don’t always get the message and the vessels stay constricted and less warm blood is getting the toes.
Cold feet may be a sign of vascular disease. With vascular disease, blood vessels are damaged or clogged and blood may not be traveling where it needs to be fast enough.
Or the blood has trouble getting back to the heart to get re-warmed and refilled with oxygen. Less blood moving, means less warmth moving through our hands and feet.
Raynaud’s disease is a condition that actually causes cold feet. This is when your body over-reacts to cold stimuli. Blood vessels get smaller when we are cold, but with Raynaud’s disease, the body blows the situation out of proportion and the blood vessels go into spasms.
The toes and or fingers will turn white due to the lack of blood flow, and then purple because increase in blood flow. When the toe is re-warmed it will turn red due to the return of blood flow. More often Raynaud’s occurs with other conditions such as Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or other diseases.
Occasional coldness in feet with changes in the weather is normal, however, struggling every day with cold feet no matter what the temperature is, would not be considered normal and there may be another cause that needs to be looked at by a foot and ankle doctor.
If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.