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Frozen Feet: What Causes that Cold Sensation

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Causes of cold sensationThere are times when cold feet aren’t a bad thing. Just ask anybody sticking their feet in a cooler during a long, hot summer parade (hopefully they’re not keeping sandwiches in there…). A cold sensation in your feet every great once in while can be perfectly normal, too. If your feet are feeling cold on a regular basis with no ice involved, however, odds are more likely there is something more than chance to blame.

First, let’s clear a couple simple causes out of the way. A cold environment is naturally a consideration, especially without proper shoes and socks. Some might also not realize how much sweat can play a role in cooling the feet. Consistent sweating can cause a cold sensation, especially when that liquid gets a chance to evaporate quickly.

If your feet are high and dry, however, and still have a cold sensation without being cold to the touch, then a potential nerve condition should be examined. Peripheral neuropathy, or quite simply nerve damage, can be a root cause. This can be caused by an injury or as an effect of other conditions such as poor circulation and diabetes.

Once an initial cause is identified, it might require more investigation to get to the true root. Poor circulation, for example, can be caused by peripheral arterial disease (PAD) narrowing the arteries, or Raynaud’s phenomenon causing a spasm of the blood vessels. Even a vitamin deficiency can be the culprit.

If cold feet regularly strike and adjusting the thermostat doesn’t help, it’s a symptom worth looking into to identify any underlying problems they might be signaling. The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle will provide a thorough examination followed by expert care and advice. Schedule an appointment at our offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz, or York by calling (717) 757-3537.

Dr. Bradley B. Boyer
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