cold feet research

Cold Feet Research Suggests Specific Proteins As A Cause

A new study in the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology has uncovered new evidence that aids in the understanding of cold feet. Scientists, through this cold feet research, have pinpointed specific proteins in the blood vessels that cause a reaction when the body is exposed to cold. The body’s normal response to cold is to restrict blood flow to the extremities. However, in people with cold feet, the proteins overreact and limit circulation too much, causing overly cold feet and hands.

Poor circulation can also cause cold feet. And, this can be a difficult condition to treat. So, if you are experiencing overly cold feet that you think might be due to poor circulation, you should seek the care of a podiatrist.

What Causes Poor Circulation?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD),  which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries, causes poor blood circulation in the feet and legs. Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries.

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are also sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Symptoms of Poor Circulation

First of all, lack of oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

Similarly, it can cause:

  • Muscle pain
  • Numbness in legs
  • Cramps
  • Skin discoloration
  • Weakness
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Stiffness
  • Erectile dysfunction

Got Cold Feet?

So, do you have problems with cold feet.  If you would like to learn more about poor circulation in the feet and how it affects your health, consider reading this article  Poor Circulation in the Feet.

And, if you have any additional questions, please contact one of the best podiatrists in Southfield.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.