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Causes of Cold Feet

Having cold feet in winter is normal due to the cold temperatures. However, if you’re wearing your warmest socks, sitting by a fireplace, and your feet still feel like icicles, then there may be more than just cold weather to blame for your cold feet. Cold feet can be caused by poor circulation in the lower limbs, which is often associated with conditions like diabetes and peripheral artery disease. Nerve damage in the feet can also lead to a cold or numb sensation. Systemic conditions, such as hypothyroidism and anemia, may also make your feet, and whole body, feel cold. If you’re experiencing inexplicably cold feet, please seek the care of a chiropodist. 

The winter months can bring about new or worsening foot and ankle problems. If you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Winter Foot Problems

  • Cracked heels - Dry, cracked skin on the heels of the feet that is associated with cold, dry weather

  • Athlete’s foot - A fungal infection on the skin of the feet

  • Blisters - Fluid-filled bubbles of skin that usually form in response to friction 

  • Fractures - Broken bones in the feet or ankles 

  • Metatarsalgia - General foot pain

  • Chilblains - Spasming of the small blood vessels in the toes in response to exposure to cold weather 

  • Raynaud’s disease - Numbness, pain, and color changes in the toes due to cold weather 


  • Wear warm socks and shoes

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the cold

  • Moisturize the heels regularly

  • Keep your feet clean and dry 

  • Walk carefully in areas that may be icy 

  • Wear non-slip shoes 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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