Cold feet can be a complication of diabetes – as having the condition can put you at risk of issues with your feet.
Complications of diabetes which impact your feet can include
If you have peripheral neuropathy, the nerves in your feet have been damaged.
This can cause your feet to feel cold to you, but a normal temperature if you touch them.
Peripheral neuropathy can occur in people without diabetes due to autoimmune disease, lack of vitamins, some medications and alcoholism.
Treatment includes controlling your diabetes, and tackling any pain with specific medication like amitriptyline, duloxetine or pregabalin.
Peripheral artery disease
As ‘artery’ may suggest, peripheral artery disease occurs when there are issues with blood flow.
You may have poor circulation which in turn will make your feet cold.
This can also occur in those who smoke, are overweight, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prevent peripheral artery disease as there is no cure.
Lifestyle changes and some medications can help reduce symptoms, such as managing your blood sugar levels if you are diabetic or increasing exercise.
Statins can also be prescribed by your doctor, as can blood-thinning medicines or antihypertensives.