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Winter can trigger many types of foot problems, and this week I'll discuss the symptoms of cold feet. Cold extremities can be caused by a host of factors, but they all have one thing in common, the annoyance of dealing with cold feet throughout the day. One of the first steps in treating the symptoms of cold feet is to figure out what can be causing them. Most people with chronic icicles for toes can trace their symptoms back to peripheral vascular disease, smoking, peripheral neuropathy, Reynaud's phenomenon, or other nutritional problems. Managing these processes usually takes more than home remedies and you should make an appointment to see your podiatric or primary physician for more advice and treatment options. That being said, here are some helpful home remedies that might bring some heat back to your feet!
Help from the Herring
Omega-3 fatty acids have been recently linked to helping prevent blood vessel spasms and the shutdown of blood flow that follows. Some fish that are high in these fatty acids are salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and herring. These fatty acids are also helpful in reducing triglycerides, which also can be instrumental in preventing heart disease. Eat up these coldwater fish to help keep your blood flowing when it gets cold outside.
Iron and Vitamin C
Women tend to suffer more from cold extremities than men. A possible correlation can be associated to women who have low iron levels. Depleted iron levels can lead to a lower core body temperature, and this leads to colder extremities. Make sure to seek a diet high in iron and remember to get your fill of vitamin C as well. Vitamin C aids in the body's absorption of iron.
Keeping Hydrated
Dehydration acts on your body by lowering your total blood volume. By decreasing this, the body's ability to self-regulate temperature is also affected. To stay hydrated throughout the day, keep a bottle of water with you to remind yourself to drink up.
It's All in the Materials
Socks can play a major role in keeping your feet nice and warm this winter. Try to stay away from cotton, as it tends to hold onto moisture. Wool or synthetic blends are best as they can retain heat as well as allow moisture to evaporate.
Keeping your feet warm is important not only for your comfort but also for overall health. Hope some of these tips help you keep warm this winter!

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