When you’re walking in a winter wonderland of snow and ice, you don’t want your feet feeling cold. For some people having cold feet is a daily occurrence that has nothing to do with the weather conditions. Practicing good general foot care is important in keeping your circulation flowing smoothly and your feet feeling warm and toasty.

The first thing to establish is why your feet are so cold. It likely has to do with your circulation, but there are a number of possible root causes. Your general health may be an issue. If you are obese, do not exercise, and eat an unbalanced diet that does not provide essential nutrients, your arteries may narrow and lead to a loss of blood flow to your limbs. Diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol can also contribute to poor circulation. It’s important to address your circulation issues because it could escalate into a more serious problem, potentially even leading to a stroke.

To improve your blood flow you need to address the underlying cause. This might mean losing weight, exercising more, making better diet choices, or taking medication. In some severe cases surgery becomes necessary if underlying issues have not been identified and tackled at early stages. It’s also important to practice good general foot care habits to identify poor circulation at an earlier time.

When your circulation is bad you may end up with a loss of sensation in your limbs. This puts you in danger of injuring yourself without you even knowing it. Make sure to check your feet every day for anything different or out of the ordinary. Wear protective shoe coverings at all times, even if you’re just at home, and make sure that your shoes are supportive.

Don’t spend the winter months with cold feet. Make an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ by calling (623) 584-5556.

Dr. Viedra V. Elison
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