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What to do if your feet are cold

The causes of cold feet are diverse. They range from simple hypothermia to the first signs of serious illness. A self-analysis or anamnesis can often help to identify possible causes and take targeted action. It only becomes problematic when cold feet occur as a chronic side effect of daily life. In such cases, cold extremities are not only uncomfortable, they can also lead to a significant reduction in quality of life. In most cases, however, cold feet can be treated with simple means.

Causes of Cold Feet

From a purely physical point of view, we always get cold feet when the body pumps less warm blood into the feet than it needs to heat the lower extremities. This body reaction begins either when the body's heat production is insufficient or when the blood transport is disturbed.

Not enough body heat

The body heat produced is required in other areas of the body: vital organs are always supplied with heat first. If the body cannot keep up with the production of body heat in a cold environment, non-vital parts of the body such as feet, hands or even the tip of the nose are cut off from the supply of heat.

Excursus: What do muscles have to do with body heat?


Many studies show that women complain of cold feet more often than men. Doctors see one reason for this in the different muscle mass. Only 20 to 30 percent of the energy that our muscles generate is used for work and movement. The rest is distributed in the body in the form of heat. The more muscles or the more muscle mass a body has, the better the production of body heat.
Women are generally not as muscular as men. The proportion of muscle in the female body is around 23 percent. In men, on the other hand, muscle makes up 40 percent of the total mass.

The female body naturally generates less heat.

Blood transport disorder

The second most common reason for ice feet is an impaired blood transport in the legs. In these cases, not enough blood is pumped into the feet to keep them at body temperature. This can have various causes: from low blood pressure to obesity or wear and tear of the leg veins to serious diseases such as diabetes, embolism, arteriosclerosis and other heart diseases.

Even the simple one Check your blood pressure Using a blood pressure monitor can provide initial information about the cause of cold feet.

Note

However, if the feet are unnaturally often or permanently cold, turn white or even blue, or are painful, a doctor must be consulted immediately to rule out serious illnesses.

Five tips against cold feet

If it is ensured that the cold feet are not caused by serious health problems, a few simple measures can help to strengthen the body heat production and to stimulate the blood circulation in the feet again:

Tip 1: The cozy, warm hot water bottle and warm socks

If the ice feet are caused by a lack of body heat production, simple things usually help: One Hot water bottle for example or thick socks and warm shoes with thick soles. Before going to bed, you can also treat your feet with castor oil or with a specially developed one Warming cream rub in.

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Tip 2: warming teas

A “hot tip”, in the truest sense of the word, is a freshly brewed tea. Herbal teas and hot drinks with ginger or rosemary are recommended. Other hot drinks without caffeine work equally well.

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Tip 3: a warming foot bath

Regular contrast baths help against chronically cold feet, promote blood circulation and help with low blood pressure. The warmth causes the blood vessels to expand and the feet to become warm. Switching to cooler water for footbaths narrows the vessels again so that less heat is lost.

This is how a foot alternating bath works


You need: 2 large bowls or 2 buckets big enough to put your feet in, a towel and warm socks.

1) Fill one bowl with warm water (around 36 to 38 ° C) and the other with cold water (around 18 ° C).
2) First dip your feet in the warm water until the legs feel comfortably warm (about 5 minutes).
3) Then switch to the bowl of cold water and soak your feet in it for about 10 minutes.
4) Then switch back to the warm water.
5) Repeat the procedure again and finish the foot bath in cold water.
6) Then dry your feet well, warm them up again with a foot massage and put on warm socks.

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Tip 4: the foot massage

A massage of cold feet also works wonders. Use a hedgehog ball for this. Another option is an oil massage. To do this, massage a little warmed coconut oil into the soles of your feet with gentle pressure. This is also good skin care regimen. Then slip into warm cotton socks.

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Tip 5: foot exercises

Foot exercises such as stretching and stretching the toes for 5 to 10 minutes, toe rolling or circular movements of the ankles, as well as bending and folding the feet warm up cold toes again. Always one Tip: Hop up and down a few times.

Cold legs and smoking

Smoking in particular can lead to wear and tear and narrowing of the leg veins, which is why smokers should consider reducing their nicotine intake if they have chronic cold feet.

Our reading tip:Smoking cessation


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As of: 10/30/2018