Is Bad Circulation The Reason, Feet Are Cold? Legs Get Cold?


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Alex Wheeler Profile
Alex Wheeler answered
Poor circulation is rarely anything to worry about and if you have a mild case of bad circulation, it is more than likely that the doctor will simply advise you to wear gloves or an extra pair of socks to keep warm. You can even buy warm pouches such as ‘Stay Warm Hand Warmers’. These are little pouches that warm up when they are opened. They last 10+ hours and are packaged in pairs so they are ideal to place inside your gloves, mittens, pockets or shoes. Stay Warm hand warmers are soft, lightweight pouches containing a biodegradable mixture of iron powder, charcoal, salt, sawdust and vermiculite. When exposed to the air, an oxidation process takes place that generates heat to keep your hands and feet warm and toasty.
An extreme case of cold hands and feet could be caused by Raynaud's or vasospasm, which means your arteries go into spasm in response to cold. Typically, your fingers go bright white then turn scarlet when they warm up. Vasospasm is rarely harmful, but if you're in pain you could ask your GP for a referral to a vascular surgeon. Raynaud's can be treated with vasodilators which boost circulation. Wine is one of the best natural vasodilators so a daily small glass of red won't do any harm.
A lack of certain nutrients should not cause cold hands and feet. But a few tweaks to your diet could improve your symptoms. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid which helps blood flow and you get it from oily fish. In one study, people with Raynaud's were given fish oil supplements or a dummy tablet for 12 weeks. They then put their hands in different temperature water to see what effect it had on blood flow. In the group who took fish oil supplements the symptoms were much better. If you eat fish, have two portions a week, one of which should be oily (fresh tuna, sardines, mackerel, herrings or trout). You can also buy Omega-3 enriched eggs. The veggie equivalent of Omega-3 is called alpha linolenic acid and good sources are walnuts, soya, tofu and green leafy vegetables.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
What causes poor circulation and does this cause your foot and leg to feel cold but (not to the touch)
nettie Profile
nettie answered
Poor circulation atery blockage either of the two can mean cold hands or feet. Hope this helps
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have poor circulation in my hands and feet, and it can cause coldness in both the hands ad the feet.  Another cause could be a pinched nerve, but that usually (but not always) is accompanied by pain where the nerve is pinched and a tingling sensation.  Be on the safe side though and ask your doctor to make sure there isn't something serious going on.
Steven Vakula Profile
Steven Vakula answered
I could be try and do some type of exercise like take a quick walk or something that would require the legs to demand some blood for the muscles. This should make the blood go to the legs and feet and it doesn't have to be a long walk but something to just stimulate the muscles and make them feel the need!
andrea Profile
andrea answered
My hands and feet are always cold no matter the weather so now I know I finally know its because of poor circulation!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have cold sensation down my leg
from my hip to round my knee  when I walk it improves
I use hot rubs helps for a while  
is it bad circulation or trapped nerve
Elizabeth Dilworth Profile
Yes this is normally due to bad circulation. I get this all the time feet are always cold no matter what the weather and normally end up wearing 10 pairs of socks!!!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well see if your hands r also wet coz that means you might have anxiety... See a doc

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