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Why do my feet get cold so easily?

Asked by Zone36 (408 points ) March 7th, 2010

I’m thinking it is partly because I am skinny and my feet are bony. So, there is little insulation.

Also I know that when it is cold, your body takes blood from your appendages to keep your core warm.

So I think that since my feet are so thin, my body often keeps the blood away from them to stay warmer.

Also it’s only me feet that are cold. Not my hands or my body. Just the feet. Even when wearing socks.

What is your take on why this is? How can I keep my feet warmer?

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janbb's avatar

Mine do too. I put it down to poor circulation.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m in the same boat. I sleep in long johns and it helps a bit. I also wear socks when I sleep but I realize that doesn’t work for everyone.

janbb's avatar

I find taking a hot bath before I go to bed warms my feet up enough so that I can get to sleep.

Zone36's avatar

Yeah that helps, but we can’t be jumping into the bath all the time.

I really want to understand what’s up. It’s never like this for my friends.

davidbetterman's avatar

You have stopped wearing your jammies with the built in feet.

john65pennington's avatar

Being skinny is plus for you and has nothing to do with your cold feet. my wife has the same problem. she is 5 ft. 3 in. and weighes 118 pounds. her feet are like two popsicles. she loves to put her cold feet on my back. is this grounds for a divorce? anyway, you did not tell us your age. like the other answers, its probably bad circulation. if this is a real concern for you, see your doctor and have the proper tests performed.

Zone36's avatar

I’m 25 male. 5,6 120lbs. What exactly do you mean by bad circulation? Like if I’m lying down? It’s weird because even sitting or standing, you’d think it would be better, but it’s not.

It’s not a worrisome thing for me, but I just want to know what causes it.

marinelife's avatar

Causes of cold feet:

”# Stress, tension, emotional disturbance can also cause your feet to turn to icy. The condition when sensitive hands and feet gets cold due to stress and temperature is called raynaud syndrome in medical language. During the stressful condition and low temperature the small blood vessels in extremities narrows which allow a very small amount of blood to pass through it.
# Chilblains
# Peripheral Neuropathy”

This site discusses what to do about them.

john65pennington's avatar

Bad circulation refers to your body’s blood and how it enters and leaves your heart and circulates throughout your body in order for you to live. bad or poor circulation can be caused by many factors. a bad heart is one example. blocked arteries is another. no one can give a diagnosis of your problem, except your doctor. i am no doctor, but my answers are based strictly on my own experiences with poor blood circulation for my wife and myself.

Zone36's avatar

wow raynaud syndrome is crazy. I’m glad I don’t have anything like that.

janbb's avatar

I do have that but it doesn’t affect me too much unless my hands get really cold.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

It may be a circulatory problem. My wife had a problem like this; she was very slender and had steel pins in some of her foot bones (fracture repair). We had a bed heater that heated only the lowest quarter of the mattress. In all seasons except summer she had to wear thick socks (silk stockings with wool socks over them). In the winter, she wore socks that had electric heating wires in them for outdoor use (use rechargeable 9V batteries). Even with the electric socks, I would still massage her feet with warm oil when she came back indoors.

Unless it’s a treatable circulatory problem, you just have to learn to live with it, like using the methods I’ve described.

Judi's avatar

I wonder ig my cold feet has to do with my low blood pressure. I’m not fat but I’m not skinny either.

john65pennington's avatar

Strange land….......good answer and here is your reward. john

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

My feet also get cold a lot. I’m not sure it has so much to do with height or body type but how active you are. I am a very inactive person which probably contributes to poor circulation to my feet. Also: do your hands get cold easily? Do you notice a purple tint to your fingernails? That’s another sign of bad circulation, either due to a medical condition or by lack of activity.

Just_Justine's avatar

My feet also get cold. I find they don’t so much when I work out. So could be circulation. I was also taking beta blockers which I believe contributes big time. I have heard that slow magnesium helps too.

stardust's avatar

My feet get cold too. I usually wear socks to bed. It’s just awful when they’re really cold & I get into a hot bath. They burn! eeesh

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