Why Do I Have Cold Feet

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 25, 2017
Why Do I Have Cold Feet

Are you one of those people who always has cold feet? Even in the middle of summer? It is possible that this is evidence that something in you is not quite right so you should try to find out what it is. That is why we recommend that you visit your doctor so you can get an examination and the proper diagnosis, but you may also want to take a look at this OneHowTo article for different answers to your question: why do I have cold feet?

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Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis

One of the common causes of cold feet is excessive sweating. In many cases, this is caused by inadequate footwear and even wearing socks or stockings of synthetic fabrics.

So when sweat collects in our lower extremities, we feel like we constantly have cold feet. It is therefore necessary to maintain hygiene and wear shoes made with quality materials and to avoid synthetic fibers and opt for natural ones. We also recommend checking out this other article from OneHowTo on how to prevent my feet from sweating.

However, in some cases excessive sweating can become a condition: hyperhidrosis, which sometimes even requires medical intervention to stop sweating.

Why Do I Have Cold Feet - Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis

Blood circulation problems

Another possible reason for why you have cold feet is circulatory problems, i.e. when the arteries are not pumping correctly and not enough blood gets to various body parts, particularly the feet. This can happen more frequently to people with diabetes.

In these cases it is essential to see a doctor so you can take a test for the proper diagnosis and get advice on best treatment for each patient. And there are many possible blood circulation problems that can clog arteries or hinder blood pumping, so your physician can recommend the best way to address them and thus also stop your feet from feeling cold.

Why Do I Have Cold Feet - Blood circulation problems

Slow basal metabolism

Some people have cold feet due to a lower body temperature, something caused by a slower metabolic rate. It is therefore possible that the mechanisms regulating your body temperature are not working properly and your feet constantly feel cold.

This sometimes also causes thyroid gland problems, so it is essential to treat the hormone condition in question to stop feeling like you have cold feet.

Why Do I Have Cold Feet - Slow basal metabolism


Among the causes of cold feet, anaemia may be a factor causing this condition. Thus, those with below normal iron levels may also feel they have cold feet. And although at first this condition may occur without symptoms, among the symptoms of anaemia is constantly having cold hands and feet. Thus, it is essential to find the cause of your anaemia and take measures to raise blood iron levels.

Why Do I Have Cold Feet - Anaemia

Peripheral neuropathy

If this symptom occurs along with tingling or numbness in the feet, the nervous system is probably involved. So another possible answer to the question why do you have cold feet may be peripheral neuropathy, that is, damage to the nervous system that prevents the information transmitted by the nerves to properly get from the spine to all parts of the body. Therefore, if the nerve impulses are not able to reach the feet, they feel cold and, on occasion, without them actually being cold. So, it is essential to go to the neurologist or medical specialist to find out what it is.

Why Do I Have Cold Feet - Peripheral neuropathy

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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