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What causes cold feet?

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Do you often have cold feet even if you are not cold? This phenomenon may have different causes for consciousness. Let's go through them:

  • Stress or anxiety – the body reacts by pumping adrenaline into the bloodstream, causing the blood vessels to narrow and blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body to be reduced. It's a body defensive mechanism that saves energy in case a stressful situation leads to injuries.
  • Problems with blood circulation – Insufficient blood circulation may be caused by sedentary work. Reduced blood flow may also be due to smoking or high cholesterol.
  • Anemia – If the blood does not contain enough functional red blood cells, the cells in the tissues are not adequately supplied with oxygen. A serious illness may cause this case, but sometimes it will help to change the diet. Iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid benefit from blood circulation.
  • Diabetes – Problems with blood circulation may also occur to people with diabetes. High sugar levels can cause narrowing of blood vessels and poor blood circulation. Uncontrolled sugar levels can lead to nerve damage that results in a feeling of tingling, sneezing, numbness or burning of the feet.
  • Nervous disorders – Disease or injury where nerve damage has occurred may be the cause of cold feet. Most often it is the result of frostbite, infection, liver, kidney or genetics
  • Hypothyroidism – In case of absence of thyroid function problems with metabolism occur. It affects the blood circulation, heartbeat and body temperature in the body, so the problems can arise in the form of cold feet. In this case, other symptoms such as fatigue, irritation, or memory problems become more common.


In case you have a sedentary job you should think of regular walks throughout the day. Physical activities help restore correct blood circulation in the body. Warm foot baths can also help - their effect can last for the whole day.

Another option is heaters. These can be in the form of heated socks or insoles. Socks are definitely a better choice because you can use them without footwear and get rid of the cables and batteries. You can use the heated insoles only in shoes, so you probably do not want to sit at home in the boots.

If the cold feet problem repeat, you should visit your doctor. There is a likelihood that it is a manifestation of a more serious illness. Sometimes a lifestyle change is enough.

If you also have a problem with cold hands, we recommend that you read the article Cold hands, what causes them?

access_time 8.December, 2018