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Why are my feet constantly cold?

Asked by SergeantQueen (6552points) March 19th, 2017

I wear socks, cover them in a blanket, and yet they are still cold.
I can never seem to warm them up.
I sleep with one blanket and a thick comforter. My feet are wrapped up in them also. Still cold! Only when I shower with super hot water are they not cold.

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MrGrimm888's avatar

Poor circulation?

If not, keeping your core warm, is what determines how “cold” your limbs feel. Your body has to keep blood in your core,where your vital organs are. If the body is content with core temperature, then it allows blood to flow more to the limbs. The blood is what makes you feel warm.

If you are cold,and you drink alcohol, you “feel” warmer,because the alcohol pushes the blood into your limbs. Making you “feel” warmer. Incidentally, you get colder faster that way, because your limbs don’t have as much tissue,and fat to insulate the blood. So the overall body temp will drop quicker.

What I’m saying, I suppose,is try and keep your core warmer,and then you will likely feel warmer in your feet. Something like a undershirt, thermal underwear, or a vest. Keep your organs toasty, and your body should alot more blood for your feet…

zenvelo's avatar

Are your hands cold too?
You might have Raynaud’s syndrome. Raynaud’s is a condition where extremities (hands, fingers, feet, toes) feel very cold. It can be treated by a medical professional.

JLeslie's avatar

I was going to say possible Raynaud’s also. You might try those heated gel packs to warm them up.

Also, keep in mind it’s easier to stay warm than to get warm. Always wear slippers or socks while in the house, especially if you have tile or marble floors. I prefer slippers, because I like open toe. If you’re hands get cold, don’t hold glasses filled with ice in your hand, use a glass holder, or a “plastic glass” when drinking cold beverages.

You’re good body needs to be comfortable warm to warm your extremities. The body protects the vital organs, so if you’re cold, you hands and feet are likely to be especialy cold. This seems to be more true for women than men.

Mariah's avatar

Low blood pressure can do it, I think.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Increase your daily physical activity. Work out (aka positive physical stress) at the gym or Y. Do laps in the pool. Find something physical that you enjoy doing and do it regularly. If you’re a walker, find a trail you like and hike it. I am a meat eater. Meat protein keeps you warm and that is why you would be hard pressed to find a strictly vegetarian culture in the extreme latitudes.

Physical exercise strengthens cardiac output, increases the barrel size of the blood vessels all over the body and therefore the volume of warm, oxygenated blood delivery to the extremities is increased. You may notice the difference after only the first couple of workouts.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I have Raynauds that affects my feet, but when I get cold my toes turn blue/white, they’re not just cold.
Do you sit a lot?

stanleybmanly's avatar

Both the blood pressure and exercise answers are right on point. Get up and move around. I get the feeling that the cerebral side of you may be impeding your will to move around. I can damned near promise you that things will improve, beginning with your metabolism if you get busy moving.

AstroChuck's avatar

They feel cold to you or cold to the touch? If they feel cold but aren’t actually cold to the touch then you could have high blood sugar issues. Diabetes or prediabetes can cause your feel to always feel like they are freezing.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Thanks for the responses, guys.
I do exercise, as regularly as I can with the weather (Don’t have money for gyms) My feet are almost constantly in socks and slippers/ wrapped in a blanket. My hands do get cold, but not as bad as my feet. My feet are cold to the touch also. Trying not to exaggerate, but it feels like my feet have almost no blood flowing to them and are just there, which I know can’t be the case but it’s the closest way I can describe the feeling.
My hands get cold when I go outside in cold weather, which is obviously normal. When I get inside and they warm up, they get red and super itchy feeling. Not sure if related or natural but, yeah.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The itchy is alarming depending on the severity of your exposure to the cold. In any event, the situation sounds worthy of invetigation by a professional.

jca's avatar

My feet are cold but only in winter. Cold to the touch and they are cold to me. I wear socks to bed in wintertime. Other women I know have the same issue. Not sure about men because I don’t have this conversation with men. When my feet are cold, I can’t sleep.

JLeslie's avatar

I’d mention it to the doctor the next time you see him/her.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Are you keeping your core warm? Are you dressed completely? Do you ever wear long underwear? That might help.

I have a 3 zone heated mattress pad. It’s great!

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I mentioned the OP’s core. Didn’t really get a response…..

SergeantQueen's avatar

oops sorry.
I don’t really wear an undershirt but I wear a jacket if that means anything.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I used to ride motorcycles for the majority of my life(sold my last bike a couple years ago.)
Layers are what it’s all about.

You might benefit from something like a comfy undershirt. Something that is long enough to tuck into your pants.

If it’s just the jacket, make it a thicker one, or keep it zipped up.

RocketGuy's avatar

An old army saying: “Are your feet cold? Put on a hat!” A large percentage of body heat is lost through the head. If your body needs the heat, you should insulate your head. That’s what I do when I sleep during a backpacking trip. Helps a lot.

JLeslie's avatar

^^Old wive’s tale. Or, old military tale. If you’re cold it can’t hurt to cover your head, and cover any other part of your body that’s exposed, but simply putting on a hat won’t likely warm up the OP’s feet.

RocketGuy's avatar

When my step-dad was in the Army in Alaska, that is what they told him. Likely they were already covering the other parts of their bodies. The hat was just the last bit, which many of them did not cover.

Same would apply to the OP here – she is already covered from neck to toe and still cold. Adding a hat would add that extra bit of insulation.

JLeslie's avatar

^^when I was in 6th grade they taught me the same thing. The last thing I read about it, probably ten years ago, that whole thing about 90% of your body heat leaving through your head was bunk. Just like the 8 glasses of water a day. I think that was borne from the military too.

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