Potential causes of cold feet
There are many things that can cause you to suffer from cold feet, some more serious than others.
Diabetes: it can cause nerve damage if you have very high blood sugar levels
for long periods of time.
Raynaud’s disease: affects blood supply, and is usually triggered by cold weather, stress and anxiety.
Anorexia Nervosa: the determination to limit their food intake which drives
those suffering from Anorexia Nervosa means that they commonly develop poor circulation and hypothermia amongst other things.
Sedentary lifestyle: if your job requires sitting for long periods, such as being in an
office then it can mean that your circulation isn’t performing to an optimal level
Lack of exercise can cause poor circulation
As the causes behind feeling cold in your feet,
can vary so much and can potentially be something life threatening it is best to consult a medical professional. They can diagnose what is the underlying reason for your cold extremities, and give you a clear plan to take care of it.
If the underlying
reason is something that you can take care of yourself, then there are things that other people have found effective, to help themselves deal with cold feet.
If it is lack of exercise for example, then you might want to try these:
Stand on your
tiptoes for one minute
Come down onto your heels slowly
Repeat for ten minutes
Rotate your foot from the ankle clockwise
Rotate your foot back the other way
Repeat this between ten and twenty times
Walk alternately on your toes and your heels for ten minutes
Use your toes to pick up an item such as a cloth from the floor, as many times as you are able.
Warm oil massage
Warm a little olive/coconut or sesame oil in the microwave for a few seconds. The oil depends on your personal preference.
Apply the oil to one of your cold feet
Gently but firmly massage the foot from toe to ankle for ten minutes
Do the same on the other foot
After completing the massage put on cotton socks
Do this daily before bed for as long as you need
and warm water soaks
These provide different benefits as the cold water reduces symptoms and the warm improves the circulation.
Fill two basins or tubs one with cold water and the other with warm
Make sure that you're sitting comfortably
Soak your feet in the cold water for two minutes
Switch to the warm water for one minute
Alternate the times for fifteen minutes
Pat dry and put on warm socks
Repeat as many times as you want each day
It improves blood vessels’ function and so you might want to drink two or three cups a day.
Ginger promotes healthy blood circulation
Simmer one tablespoon of sliced
ginger in a cup of water for ten minutes.
Strain the liquid
Add raw honey
Drink two or three times a day