burning/cold/tingling feet

I’m in a 31 year old woman, non-smoker, not overweight, no diabetes. But I do believe that I’m having some circulation problems in my feet. My feet has always been cold and I struggle to keep them warm. When they do eventually warm up, they are extremely itchy and they BURN. If they are not cold, they are burning. Lately, wearing socks and shoes is akin to torture because of the burning sensation, the itchiness and the need to constantly twitch my toes. I’m most comfortable with bare feet, but then I need to be careful to not let my feet get too cold.

I have on my second toe a discoloration which is quite painful. My MD is not quite convinced that it is Raynauld’s. The pain lessons and the discoloration becomes lighter but it does not disappear. Even in 80 degree weather, it’s there. None of my other toes or fingers are affected and I don’t have that extreme white discoloration followed by redness either.

Further, more than 20 minutes on an elliptical or treadmill and I have to stop due to an extreme pins and needles sensation across both feet. My arches are high and I am prone to foot pain if I do not wear proper footwear and/or insoles. All across both arches my feet have a bluish,bruised color.

I do get occasional foot spasms and toe spasms.
I’m at my wits end. I don’t smoke. I drink moderately. I aim for at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise 4-5 times a week. I’m not diabetic. I had basic bloodwork done and everything is normal with no signs of inflammation. The only medication I take is levothyroxine and my thyroid levels is well controlled.

Any advice for me?

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. It sounds like you may have a micro-vascular condition. Raynaud’s is one example of such conditions, but this is not the only condition that would fall under this category. Have you ever had trauma to the area? Have you seen a Vascular Doctor? I recommend seeing a specialist in circulation who can better examine you for small vessel dysfunction. In addition to avoiding extreme cold (which causes vasoconstriction) you may want to consider supplements that promote circulation such as L-Arginine or Citrulline Malate. I would speak to your medical doctor before starting any supplements.

    I hope this helps!

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