A good body temperature starts from below. The constant cold in the feet can be a symptom of serious diseases that remain hidden.
In cold weather, it is necessary to take proper care of the feet, so that they maintain an ideal temperature, which will prevent the appearance of other ailments, such as painful chilblains.
Podiatrists warn that a continuous cold can hide Reynaud's syndrome, when the arteries of the feet overreact to different temperatures, or arteriosclerosis, when the cholesterol found in the arteries narrows them and makes it difficult for the blood to reach blood to them.
How you can combat cold feet:
Wear comfortable shoes that do not excessively compress your feet. A foot in whose veins the blood does not flow properly is susceptible to a greater cold. If it is compressed too much, the veins do not fill with blood and heat is lost.
Avoid exposing your feet to direct heat sources, since bringing your feet close to the stove or using hot water bottles can favor the appearance of lesions such as chilblains (inflammation that makes the skin red and swollen). It is best to use lukewarm water.
Keep your feet dry. Foot moisture can make you feel colder. Wear footwear with a waterproof and breathable membrane, which keeps your feet dry. If you suffer from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), change your socks several times a day and use better those made of absorbent materials such as cotton.
Move your legs and do some physical activity, even if it is moderate, it will promote circulation and prevent the loss of body heat and your feet from getting cold.
Drink enough fluids. Lack of hydration favors heat loss in the body. Eating foods such as cayenne, curry, cinnamon, pepper, or foods rich in magnesium, calcium, vitamins E, K, and C can increase heart rate causing more blood to flow to the feet, preventing them from getting cold.
Do not abuse tobacco and coffee. Nicotine and caffeine compress blood vessels making it difficult for blood to circulate.
Wear wellies on rainy days. This waterproof footwear allows the feet not to end up getting wet from the rain or in high humidity environments, but the foot may sweat and get wet. You should combine them with footwear with a waterproof and breathable membrane.
Take off your shoes when you get home and let your skin breathe. Take care to always walk on clean surfaces.
Massage feet with moisturizing cream. You will get the feet warm and you will help maintain the nutrition of the skin, improving circulation.
Practice hydrotherapy. Before going to sleep, soak your feet in warm water or take contrast baths in cold and then hot water to activate foot circulation.
In winter, our feet hide under several layers of clothing, but this cannot make us forget about their care.
Fuente: icopcv.org | podologiaeuskadi.com