What other symptoms might occur with cold feet?

Cold feet may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the cardiovascular system may also involve other body systems.

Cardiovascular symptoms that may occur along with cold feet

Cold feet from poor circulation may accompany other symptoms that affect the cardiovascular system including:

  • Bluish or pale tint to the skin (cyanosis)
  • Pain, heaviness and numbness in your legs
  • Pain in the legs, buttocks, thighs, calves and feet when walking
  • Pain that increases with muscle exertion and diminishes with rest

Neurologic symptoms that may occur along with cold feet

Cold feet may accompany symptoms that are related to the nervous system including:

  • Burning pain, particularly at night
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Paralysis of a part of the body
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Weakness (loss of strength)

Other symptoms that may occur along with cold feet

Cold feet may accompany symptoms that are related to other body systems including:

  • Cooler skin on one leg
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Poor nail and hair growth on the affected limb
  • Slow-healing wounds or sores
  • Weak pulse in the affected legs and feet

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, cold feet may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
  • Loss of speech
  • Loss of vision or changes in vision
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Shortness of breath

What are cold feet?

Having cold feet is often a normal condition, usually in response to cold temperatures or as a response to anxiety. In cold conditions, blood vessels in your feet and other areas, such as your nose, constrict to help minimize heat loss. This decrease in blood flow leads to decreased oxygen in these peripheral parts of you... Read more about cold feetintroduction


What causes cold feet?

Cold feet can be a symptom of several conditions, including nerve damage (called peripheral neuropathy), sometimes seen in diabetes (a chronic disease that affects your body’s ability to use sugar for energy), chronic alcohol abuse, or in certain vitamin deficiencies. Cold feet can also be a symptom of poor circulat... Read more about cold feetcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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