Podiatrist discusses cold feet
Many factors can lead to cold feet.
When people talk about feet conditions, bunions or hammer toe immediately spring to mind. But there are other ailments that can affect our extremities. Among them are cold feet, and we're not talking about a bride's or a groom's dilemma here.
In fact, coldness in hands and feet is a problem that scores of Americans have to deal with on a regular basis, especially during the winter months.
An article in Hernando Today, a Florida news source, asked Stephen Leonard, a local board certified podiatrist, about cold feed, and he said they can be due to a variety of factors. These include poor circulation, genetics, but also lifestyle habits such as smoking and poor diet.
"Take vitamin B12 and walk or exercise regularly," Leonard said, quoted by the news source. He added that calcium and vitamin D supplements can also be useful and that "if you walk you get more oxygen in the legs which helps circulation."
There is no need for individuals who have cold feet and bunions to boot to suffer any longer. A pair of bunion splints or orthotics can do wonders in improving the well-being of feet and preventing an expensive bunion surgery down the road.
According to a study published in the journal Arthritis Rheumatism,
nearly 30 percent of people in Western countries are affected by hallux valgus, which is the scientific term for bunions.