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In most cases, having cold feet may simply be an indication to put on heavy socks and turn up the thermostat. But sometimes the sensation of having cold feet can indicate underlying health conditions that should not be ignored. Cold feet can be a sign that blood flow to the lower extremities is compromised, a condition common to those with high cholesterol. Another cause of cold feet may be due to nerve damage, such as peripheral neuropathy, which is a sign frequently experienced by diabetics. Cold feet also may indicate liver or kidney disease. Cold feet may be the result of a sedentary lifestyle that includes long periods of sitting with few periods of exercise. Smoking is another factor that can lead to cold feet, as certain chemicals in cigarettes can cause blood vessels to become irritated and inflamed, thereby restricting blood flow. Cold feet can also be caused by an underactive thyroid gland, anemia, stress, and anxiety. If you frequently experience the sensation of cold feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis.
Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Footcare Now. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.
It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Elmhurst Jackson Heights, and Astoria, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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