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Got cold feet? And you’re not standing at the altar? I’ll leave the emotional ramifications of big decisions for another blog. In the mean time, let’s talk about actual COLD FEET!
Some people deal with cold feet, not only during the winter, but also all year long. When your feet are warm it’s a sign that circulation is good. But it’s not uncommon for your feet to get cold. However, constantly cold feet could be an indicator of a bigger problem.
Peripheral vascular disease is a condition that leads to poor circulation in the feet and legs. The walls of the arteries can become thickened and hardened over time, reducing blood flow, and is known as atherosclerosis.
The symptoms for this condition may include a dull, cramping pain in the calf muscle, numbness or tingling in the feet or toes, the feet can become colder, and wounds may not heal in a timely manner. Certain people are prone to this condition, including those with diabetes, those with a sedentary lifestyle, people with high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, as well as smokers.
It’s important to have a thorough examination from a podiatrist if you are dealing with constantly cold feet. Relieving your cold feet may be as simple as putting on wool socks (or convincing yourself that you’re marrying the right person). However, seek professional care if you are struggling with any of the above symptoms or if you have other health conditions that can lead to peripheral vascular disease.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of peripheral vascular disease or would like more information, please call our office at 816-943-1111 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Green. You can also request a copy of our FREE book for people in Kansas and Missouri. It has valuable information about conditions and treatment options for the foot and ankle.
- What is peripheral vascular disease (PVD)? (zocdoc.com)