Got Cold Feet?
Updated: Jan 17
Is it a symptom of winter or something more?
As temperatures drop this winter, it's quite normal to physically feel affected by the colder weather, especially in your feet (and hands). But could it be something more? Here are some other reasons your feet could be unduly suffering:
A Disorder, such as thyroid problems, anemia, hypertension, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or Raynaud's syndrome, can affect circulation and peripheral nerves, leading to a feeling of being cold.
Hormonal Factors, which is why women more often than men are affected by cold feet.
Wearing the wrong footwear, including ill-fitting shoes and socks made of materials that aren't optimal for keeping feet warm and dry.
Stress! Experiencing high emotions or extreme physical or mental pressure can lead to more sensitivity to "normal" sensations.
What are some of the ways you can combat cold feet? Let's start with some tips from the inside out...
You can work on improving circulation by regularly moving, stretching, and massaging the ankles, feet, and toes throughout the day. Wool socks are an excellent choice because the material helps trap your body's heat and keep it there. Finally, rather than selecting thick, heavy boots, choose lighter-weight shoes that fit well, are made of breathable materials, and have multiple layers of insulation.
Need some motivation to get moving? Follow along with Foot-Joy!
Watch the video for a demonstration of ankle warm-up exercises that may help improve circulation and reduce feelings of cold if done regularly.