Thankfully, Kenya’s cold seasons are pretty mild. But even though it doesn’t get to freezing temperatures, do you always complain about your feet freezing? Well, turns out that you’re not alone. Some people quite literally have cold feet, which either feel cold to them, cold to the touch, or both.
Aside from wearing the wrong socks or shoes, and the weather, there could be an underlying cause of constant cold feet.
You have poor circulation
Poor circulation is one of the most common causes why your feet might always be freezing. When the temperature outside drops, your body works to keep your core warm. As a result, your blood vessels in your extremities constrict to limit circulation to the core part of your body.
What happens to your toes, feet, ears and nose? They lose some of that circulation and become cold-to-the-touch. That’s normal.
Poor circulation can also be the result of sitting too much in an office chair or at home. If you don’t get up and move around, you’re increasing the likelihood of not getting enough circulation in the feet and toes, making your feet cooler than the rest of your body.
You have an iron deficiency
Are you getting enough iron? Iron is a mineral with several important functions for your body, mainly to make red blood cells and to carry oxygen throughout your body.
Iron deficiency can cause anaemia and lead to symptoms like fatigue, but it can also lead to chronic freezing of feet. Iron-deficiency anaemia can occur even in very healthy people.
It can be treated relatively easily with changes in diet and by taking supplements.
You’re dealing with Hypothyroidism
When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone, your body’s metabolism is affected.
Since metabolism controls both heartbeat and the body’s temperature, an underactive thyroid could contribute to reduced circulation and colder feet.
To boost metabolism, consider more exercise, eat more protein and less refined carbs, and avoid caffeine.
You have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes can cause not only feet that are cold to the touch but also feet that feel cold due to nerve damage.
Other symptoms may include numbness or tingling in the feet. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of nerve damage in the feet, see a doctor.