Generally, we are feeling more colder in our hands and feet. Cold hands and feet can be as simple as being where it is cold. The body”s natural temperature can also cause cold hands and feet or cold hands and feet can be a result of real medical issues. Problems with blood circulation, small blood vessels in your hands or any number of other medical mysteries can cause of hands and feet.
It Naturally Happens
When you’re exposed to the cold, your body tries to maintain its internal temperature by constricting small blood vessels under the surface of the skin on your hands and feet. This reduces blood flow to your extremities and allows more blood to move deeper into the body, so your core stays warm. Cue freezing AF fingers and toes.
Due To Bad Circulation Of Blood
Although the constriction of blood vessels is a circulatory aspect, just having cold hands and feet isn’t actually a circulation problem. “True circulation problems begin at the heart,” like if you have a heart condition that makes it more difficult to pump blood to the body or plaque buildup in your blood vessels due to heart disease. The risk of this happening increases with age, but it’s rare for people in their twenties and thirties to have cold extremities from cardiac-circulatory problems.
How Close Or Near:- It Doesn’t Matter
No matter how far your hands or feet are away from your heart, they won’t get cold simply because your limbs are freakishly long. Height has no effect on how well your heart circulates blood. That said, tall people who also have connective tissue disorders like Marfan’s or Ehler-Danlos syndrome could be more likely to have cold and numbness in their hands and feet.
This is a condition marked by extreme sensitivity to episodes of cold and stress. “It triggers vasospasm or sudden constriction of small blood vessels in your extremities,”. So your hands and feet will easily feel cold, numb, painful, and may even appear white or blueish. They’ll go back to normal once you warm up again, and then back to ridiculous white and numb in the cold. There’s also Secondary Raynaud’s, which is caused by an underlying medical issue like lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome.
In most cases, cold fingers and toes are just the results of being more sensitive to temperature changes, but if it starts suddenly or seems abnormal, you might want to get it checked out — especially if you also experience any numbness, weakness, or pins and needles.
If your hands and feet get cold with the littlest temperature change, just make sure you’re prepared for all the layers. You can also help your freezing fingers come back to life with warm (but NOT hot) water. And make sure you’re wearing the right size shoes, since anything too tight can constrict blood flow and make you even colder.
But if your frigid extremities are caused by one of the underlying conditions we mentioned above, talk to your doctor about what you can do.