The most obvious cause of cold feet is the surrounding environment. When the temperature gets colder, people routinely experience problems with cold extremities. However, there are several different medical problems that can cause cold feet as well.
Reynaud’s phenomenon is more common in women and is a circulation disorder that causes the blood vessels in the fingers and toes to tighten when they are exposed to stressors. This leads to the hands and feet feeling cold, or becoming sensitive to the cold. The cause of Reynaud’s phenomenon is not always known and may possibly be a side effect of other conditions. People with the disorder may experience numbness or tingling in their fingers and toes. They may also notice that their skin turns pale or blue, followed by reddening in the affected areas. This may last a few minutes to several hours, and gradual warming of the fingers and toes helps to restore blood flow to the area.
Buerger’s disease is a condition that is related to smoking, that has been tied to Reynaud’s Phenomenon. The disease causes swelling in some of the blood vessels in the feet and legs. This disorder is rare and it is more common in men aged 20-to-40 who smoke. Smoking causes tightening of the blood vessels, but for people with this disease, the tightening can become so severe that it damages or destroys skin tissue, which can lead to infection or even gangrene. People with Buerger’s disease should stop smoking completely to improve blood circulation.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral vascular disease causes the blood vessels of the periphery (the feet in this case) to narrow and harden. The narrowing of the vessels leads to decreased blood flow and can cause cold feet. The vessels become narrowed by the buildup of plaque in the vessels, mainly the arteries. Those who are most at risk for developing peripheral vascular disease are those who smoke, or have health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease or have had a stroke.
Treatment for peripheral vascular disease can include medication and surgery to clear blockages. Once the blockages are cleared, blood flow will improve, relieving cold feet.
Other rare problems that can cause cold feet include hormone abnormalities, autoimmune disorders, and medication side effects.
Problems with the heart itself can also cause cold feet, but it’s rare for this to be the only symptom a person experiences.
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