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Do you have cold feet?

Cold weather? In Florida? Sometimes. You must be aware of the dangers of colder climates for diabetic feet and other conditions if you plan on traveling.  But even in a warm climate, you may experience cold feet and you should see a podiatrist to find out possible causes.  While many cases of cold feet are not a problem, some may indicate a medical condition that you can potentially catch early.

Nutritional Status

Dehydration, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), poor dietary status, or a low body mass index (BMI) can affect the body’s capability to control the temperature.  Have your blood sugars monitored by your primary care physician and consult with a nutritionist to improve your dietary status.  Of course, it is always important to drink plenty of water especially on hot days or when working out.

Alcohol

Alcohol usage is among the most typical contributing elements to frostbite and other cold-related injuries. Since alcohol dilates capillary throughout the body, it increases heat loss throughout the body. The impaired judgment that goes together with alcohol usage can also add to cold overexposure.  Alcohol usage can also increase your risks of other diseases that ultimately affect the foot and can result in symptoms of cold feet even in normal climates.  Limit your use of alcohol.  Moderation is always best and talk to your doctor about the use and side effects of alcohol with medications and with conditions such as diabetes.

Insufficient Protective Equipment

Despite the fact that wearing great winter season clothing in extreme weather conditions sounds apparent, improper equipment or protective clothing is still a leading contributing element to frostbite injuries. So if you plan on going skiing or doing other cold-weather activities, make sure that you are prepared well in advance. 

Clothes That Are Too Tight or Loose

Shoes or socks that are too tight cause pressure areas which will cause decreased blood circulation. This is especially a problem for people that have poor circulation or diabetes.  Gear that is too loose will allow for wind direct exposure and heat loss.

Smoking cigarettes

Nicotine’s impacts on capillaries restrict blood flow to the feet.  There is no benefit to smoking.  It can only cause harm and worsen most medical conditions.  It is important to stop smoking and your doctor can help you kick the habit with various short-term medications.

Excess Sweat or Wetness

Moisture substantially increases heat loss.

Poor Flow or Nerve Damage

Any number of health conditions can cause inadequate blood flow to the legs and feet. Diabetes and heart disease are typically related to poor leg blood circulation. Raynaud’s phenomenon, a spasm of small blood vessels in the fingers and toes can be connected with previous cold exposure or particular medical conditions, such as autoimmune illness. Raynaud's may also be genetic and not be harmful at all, so see your podiatrist for your evaluation. Peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that triggers a reduced sensation in the feet, is also a threat factor as you cannot feel the cold.

In conclusion, you may not be as susceptible to cold weather while living in Florida. However, a short trip to colder climates could aggravate a preexisting condition in your feet if you’re diabetic or have many other conditions. Also, cold feet can occur in any weather and maybe a need for concern. For concerns like these, contact Jairo Cruz DPM at Gentle Foot Care Clinic for an evaluation today.  Call his Brandon office at (813) 502-5904 or Zephyrhills at (813) 782-3233.


Dr. Cruz, a board-certified podiatrist has been in private practice in the Tampa area for many years treating all Foot and Ankle problems. Dr. Cruz specializes and has expertise in minimally-invasive procedures.
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Dr Marc Katz Marc A Katz DPM Dr. Marc Katz is a podiatrist that previously practiced in South Tampa on Swann Ave with Dr. Jairo Cruz DPM. He works closely with Dr. Cruz to create educational materials to help patients and the community. Dr. Katz is recognized as a leader in the Tampa Podiatry community for over 23 years. Dr. Katz has extensive expertise in all areas of foot and ankle medicine and surgery and is Board-Certified. He was an early adopter and is a leader in Minimally-invasive procedures and Regenerative medicine in the podiatry community. Dr. Katz has had many articles published in podiatry journals discussing his procedures and techniques. In addition, Dr. Katz has advanced training in Functional and Holistic Medicine and Nutrition. He is one of a few podiatrists that has taken advanced courses in Prolotherapy, Neural Prolotherapy and Ozone Therapy. Please enjoy the content and I truly hope that you find great benefit. Dr. Katz can be reached at marckatz61@gmail.com For more information: https://marckatzdpm.com/

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