Las Vegas is hot. (Well, we are in a desert…) Most people here spend much of the year sweating under the sun. You don’t expect people to struggle with cold feet, unless it’s the kind of cold feet that makes them decide suddenly against raising during a Texas Hold ‘Em game. And yet, circulation issues like Raynaud’s disease can turn toes icy. Typically the condition needs something to trigger the problem, but once it does, you’re left with freezing feet. A few home remedies should help you warm up your feet and restore circulation.
Raynaud’s disease is a disorder of the blood vessels that causes them to sharply constrict and cut off blood flow to your extremities. It’s sometimes related to preexisting diseases, but it doesn’t have to be. Typically it’s triggered when your feet are exposed to extreme cold or you’re under stress. Walking into a giant food freezer, doing repetitive and stressful activities, or swimming in cold water could be enough to trigger a Raynaud’s attack.
When your Raynaud’s disease flares up and causes cold feet, there are a few home remedies you can use to get your blood flowing again:
Move to a warmer area – Sudden changes in the temperature, like walking into a giant freezer, can make your arteries contract, so get away from the cold and to a warm place.
Wiggle your toes – Moving your feet around helps stimulate better circulation and get the blood flowing again.
Massage your feet – The friction both warms your skin and stimulates circulation in your extremities, alleviating the cold feeling.
Soak in warm water – Gently put your feet in warm, not hot, water to heat up and relax them.
There are general lifestyle changes you can make, too, to decrease your odds of a Raynaud’s attack. Avoid smoking and work on quitting if you already have a habit. Exercise regularly to boost your circulation. Try to avoid switching from hot to cold environments suddenly. Controlling stress and managing repetitive activities may also help.
Don’t settle for cold feet. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you manage your circulation and foot comfort instead. You can use our website to request more information or make an appointment at one of our Las Vegas offices. You can also call us directly at (702) 839-2010.