Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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Why are my toes cold?
The reasons for cold toes are numerous, ranging from nervous disorders to frostbite (though that’s unlikely to happen in our Arizona climate). The common denominator for all causes, however, is poor circulation.
With diabetes, increased sugar levels can narrow the vessels and cause sluggish blood flow. If you have high cholesterol, plaque can form inside your arteries and veins, constricting the flow. With frostbite cases, the capillaries are damaged when the tissue freezes.
There is also a rarer condition called Raynaud’s (pronounced ray-NOHZ) phenomenon that can cause attacks of cold toes, and even turn them blue. This nerve condition reacts to cold temperatures or stress with spasms in the vessels, stopping blood flow at the skin surface. Your toes feel cold and numb, and then tingle or feel prickly when the circulation is restored.
You can treat cold toes by wearing warm socks, exercising, eating right, and avoiding stress as much as possible, but other treatments are available, too. When you are ready to find help, we are ready to give it. Just call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler, AZ at (480) 963-9000 or in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800 to schedule your appointment.
How can I improve my circulation?
There are many ways to improve circulation in your lower limbs. In fact, this is important if you suffer from cold feet, muscle cramps, or trouble with wounds. Lifestyle changes can have a big impact. If you spend most of your time standing, walk around a bit and take breaks to sit. If you spend most of your time sitting, take breaks to walk and stand. Don’t stay in one position for too long. Exercise regularly to boost your heart rate and send more blood to your extremities as well.
Don’t wear tight footwear that could restrict blood flow. Drink plenty of water and eat healthily. Cut down the saturated fats that could contribute to plaque build-up in the blood. Instead, opt for healthy veggies and fruits. Cut tobacco from your life as well, since it can stiffen arteries.
Our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona will help you set up a plan to manage circulation problems, from peripheral arterial disease to Raynaud’s disease. Make an appointment online, or by calling or faxing: call the Gilbert office at (480) 981-1800 or fax to (480) 981-0229; call the Chandler office at (480) 963-9000 or fax to (480) 963-0375.