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.