Are you tired of having cold feet or hot/sweaty feet? Find out more on what are its causes
Do you wonder why you have cold feet? Sometimes you experience very cold feet because the place is freezing or maybe because of the season. Having cold feet isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, persistent cold feet may indicate an underlying medical condition that needs special treatment.
Here are some hot tips for your cold feet:
- Spray your feet and calves with warm water from a hand-held shower nozzle for several minutes, then with cold water for 15 seconds, starting at the tips of the toes. Alternating hot and cold water promotes circulation and energizes the blood vessels.
- Rub the soles of your feet and your toes with gentle pressure, using circular and stroking motions. A foot massage roller is practical and will stimulate the entire sole of the foot evenly. Sandals with massage nodules energize the blood vessels with every step and are a long-term aid for avoiding cold feet.
- Feet in socks with a large proportion of synthetic fibers soon begin to sweat, and moist feet feel cold more quickly. In cold weather, be sure to wear socks with as much wool as possible: they keep feet dry, and, more importantly, warm.
- Your entire body reacts to stress. Stress hormones constrict your blood vessels and would result in getting cold feet. Even if you’re under time pressure, it’s important to take short breaks occasionally. Sit up straight, inhale and exhale deeply, and let your shoulders fall loosely.
- Feet get cold more quickly when the blood is too viscous, resulting in inadequate blood flow. In that case it helps to drink enough – at least two liters of water, herbal tea or thinned juices a day. It’s best to fill a two-liter bottle with a beverage. That way you can keep an eye on how much you actually drink.
- If your feet are cold when you go to bed, first take a warm foot-bath, then dry your feet thoroughly. Preheat socks on the radiator, put them on, and get under the covers.
What causes cold feet?
People can get cold feet for several reasons. Here are some of its causes:
1. Poor circulation
Do you feel irritated because your feet are always hot? Does the sweat not only change your socks, but also your shoes? Are you afraid to wear sandals or flip-flops for fear that you’ll slip right out of them? Maybe that is Plantar Hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, also called excessive sweating, is a medical condition that affects different body areas including the feet. Wearing socks and shoes traps this moisture against your skin, creating a welcoming environment for bacterial growth. Bacteria naturally collect on your skin, socks, and shoes. If you have sweaty feet, this bacteria is more likely to multiply, release a smelly odor, and cause issues like foot and nail fungus. Foot fungi is a common problem for people with sweaty feet, because fungal organisms thrive in warm, damp environments.
Tips for having hot/sweaty feet:
- Wash your feet daily with an antibacterial soap and be sure to wash between the toes.
- Dry the feet thoroughly, then apply foot powder or an antifungal powder to your feet.
- Wear wicking socks made of natural or bamboo fibers blends that draw the moisture away from your feet instead of trapping it.
- It is also a good idea to change your socks during the day. Store an extra pair of socks at school or at work, and change socks mid-way through the day.
- Wear shoes that are made of breathable materials.
Causes of Hot/Sweaty Feet
Finding out what exactly is the cause of sweaty feet continues to prove challenging for researchers, but there is possibly a hereditary connection. Typically hyperhidrosis manifests itself during childhood or adolescence, but it can occur at any age.
However, secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excess sweating is due to a medical condition. It’s the less common type. It’s more likely to cause sweating all over your body. Conditions that may lead to heavy sweating include:
- Having a heart attack
- Thyroid problems
- Menopause hot flushes
- Some types of cancer
- Low blood sugar
- Nervous system disorders
When you have concerns relating to these conditions or any other foot conditions, our team is here to help you on your treatment. Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at 44 (0) 207 101 4000. 📞
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-The Chelsea Clinic and Team
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