Got cold feet? We have tests and equipment that can check it for you.

Karen Lyra

Got cold feet? We have tests and equipment that can check it for you!

Cold feet can be caused by numerous factors, both physiological and environmental. If you suffer with cold feet, you may want to know why and how to manage it effectively. We have the tests and equipment to assess the possible underlying causes of your cold feet, and can help you decide on options for treatment.

The common reasons for cold feet can include poor circulation, nerve damage, hormonal changes, anaemia, stress, Peripheral neuropathy, Raynaud's disease, smoking, exposure to cold temperatures and tight footwear. After discussing your medical history, we will then progress to screening tests for circulation aimed to assess the efficiency of blood flow throughout the body, to identify any potential issues.

These are the non-invasive screening tests we use for evaluating circulation here at PDC Health Hub:

Ankle and toe pressures

We use a machine that can measure your ankle pressure and big toe pressure and can compare it to arm pressure for a result called ABI or TBI readings. These readings are used to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.

Pulse Examination

Checking peripheral pulses in various locations of your foot and ankle can provide valuable information about blood flow.  We use a pulse Doppler ultrasound device to assess blood flow through arteries and veins.

Pulse Oximetry

This measures the oxygen saturation level in the blood, typically by placing a sensor clip on your big toe. Lower oxygen saturation may indicate poor circulation, especially in conditions like peripheral artery disease or heart failure.

Sometimes cold feet can be a symptom of underlying health conditions. Addressing these conditions early through proper diagnosis and treatment can prevent further complications and improve overall health and well-being. Give us a call to book an appointment with one of our Podiatrists to discuss whether you should undertake any of these tests. We're here to help! 

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