Cold feet and hands

Cold feet and hands are very common conditions that can affect people of all ages.

Cold feet and hands occur due to the body’s response to cold temperatures. The body will reduce the blood flow to these extremities which leave the feet and hands cold. The body is trying to protect itself by keeping the blood in the main arteries of the body. This commonly happens during winter when the temperature drops and people may be sitting for long periods in cold and draughty homes.

The following steps may help reduce the risk of developing cold hands and feet

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing that can impair circulation
  • In cold weather, wear additional layers and keep your home warm
  • Improve overall general health with good nutrition and regular exercise
  • Do not smoke

References

Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association
The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP)

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