What Causes Cold Feet?

Winter is in full force. Snow, freezing rain, and cold temperatures are here. Naturally, people will experience cold in their extremities, especially their feet. However, it might not just be the cold weather causing this, but also other issues. Let’s look at some of the most common causes of cold feet.


Raynaud’s disease can occur when the small arteries that circulate blood in the extremities become narrow due to contractions due to stress or cold temperatures. The restricted blood circulation can cause your feet or hands to feel numb. Women tend to suffer from this more than men. There are medications available that can help, but regular exercise to improve blood circulation and make sure you keep your extremities warm is enough to help with this disease.


Diabetes is high blood glucose. One-third of Americans will suffer from high sugar levels in their blood at some point. Diabetes can cause feet that are cold to the touch and feet that feel cold due to nerve damage. Other symptoms may include numbness or tingling in the feet. A competent physician should monitor diabetic patients to ensure symptoms do not worsen.


It is known as neuropathy. When the nerves in the feet do not function properly, they tell the brain that the temperature in the environment is colder than it is. It is relatively common with more than three million Americans diagnosed with neuropathy every year. This condition can also cause the feeling of pins and needles. You may also feel some pain or weakness. Often this type of nerve damage in your feet can reduce your ability to walk. Treatment is usually successful, so it’s important not to wait but seek out a podiatrist right away if you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms.

As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.

Dr. Ryan L. D’AmicoDr. Donal M. EricksonDr. Keith Sherman,  Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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