Q&A: My feet are always cold. What could be causing this?

If you have a significant reduction of blood flow to your feet, this can cause your feet to feel cold. However many people with normal blood flow have cold feet.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition caused by nerve injury which can result in the sensation of cold feet (even if the feet are not actually cool to the touch).

Reynaud’s disease/phenomenon causes the small blood vessels in the feet (and hands) to overreact to cold temperatures resulting in pain and discoloration.

A malfunctioning thyroid gland can also result in the feet – as well as the rest of the body – feeling cold. It is also very common for perfectly healthy people to have cold feet.

Some people are just more sensitive to cold temperatures than others.

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