Why Are My Feet Cold

Cold Feet Meaning:

A cold foot means that your body temperature is too low. Your feet feel like they have been frozen solid or even numb. You may experience it when you are walking around outside or if you sleep with your feet up on a chair.

Sometimes it happens while sleeping, but not often. If you have had cold feet for long period of time, then you will notice that your toes turn white.

The reason behind cold feet is due to lack of circulation in the lower extremities. Lack of blood flow causes the skin cells to die off and eventually cause the affected area to become very dry and cracked. The crack in the skin is called frostbite which is a painful condition where there are no blood vessels supplying oxygenated blood to vital tissues.

The person suffers from frostbite because the blood supply to the skin is cut off completely. The only way out of this situation is to get medical attention immediately.

When you have cold feet, it usually occurs after prolonged exposure to cold weather conditions such as snowstorms or extreme heat waves. When you spend hours outdoors without any clothing on, your body’s core temperature drops and so does your body’s ability to regulate its own temperature through sweating.

If you suffer from cold feet while you sleep, then the affected area may turn blue or black. The person also feels tingling and numbness in the affected feet. With time, the skin on the feet starts to peel and fall off.

If left unattended for a long period of time, the person experiences pain, swelling, redness, and loss of skin pigmentation.

The best way to prevent cold feet is to wear shoes that block out the wind. You can also wear thick socks and foot warmers to keep your feet from getting cold. If you need to go outdoors, wear several pairs of socks to keep your feet warm.

Never go barefoot outside. Even if the ground is covered with snow, it is still possible to get frostbite.

If you suffer from cold feet at night, then there are several things that you can do to prevent this condition. When you go to bed, place your feet against the back of the mattress. Keep some extra blankets handy in case you start feeling cold.

Another thing that you can do is to wear an electric blanket. It keeps your body warm and will not cause any harm even if you sleep with it on all night. An electric blanket is a good source of extra heat for people who have cold feet at night.

If your feet are cold all the time, then there is nothing wrong with using some over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve the symptoms. In extreme cases where the feet are numb and the person is unable to walk, then medical attention should be sought immediately.

Cold feet can be prevented by keeping the body warm. If you have hot flashes or night sweats, then keep a couple of extra blankets nearby in case you need them. If you are experiencing cold feet and they start to turn white, blue or black, then seek immediate medical attention.

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