If your feet are always cold, there is an explanation. It’s not uncommon to have cold feet some of the time, but if it’s constant, there may be an underlying condition that’s causing it.
Poor circulation is one of the most common causes of cold feet. As the arteries move away from the heart and into the legs and feet, they progressively become smaller and more easily blocked with fatty plaque. Since the arteries going to the feet are the smallest, they are often affected first, thus causing cold feet.
Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and age are risk factors for poor circulation. Diabetes and hypothyroidism can also cause cold feet. Lastly, iron deficiency can lead to freezing feet. Low iron leads to anemia, decreased red blood cells, one of the side effects of which is chronically cold feet.
If you are suffering from cold feet, have one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth evaluate your condition and check your circulation.
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