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COLD FEET

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COLD FEET

Cold feet is a phrase which refers to a person not going through with an action, particularly one which requires long term commitment, due to fear, uncertainty, and doubt. A person is said to be “getting cold feet” when, after previously committing to a plan, they ultimately do not carry out the planned course of action.It can also br said to be an apprehension or doubt strong enough to prevent a planned course of action. A loss or lack of courage or confidence; an onset of uncertainty or fear. To “have cold feet” is to be too fearful to undertake or complete an action. A wave of timidity or fearfulness.

     Medically,cold feet is literally when one’s feet is cold.

There can be a variety of reasons for cold feet, from winter temperatures to circulation and nerve disorders. Causes of cold feet include:

*Cold temperatures

*High stress or anxiety

*Circulation issues

*Anemia

*Diabetes mellitus

*Nerve disorders

*Hypothyroidism

Working directly with a doctor to diagnose any underlying cause of cold feet is the best way to prevent the symptom, as much as possible.

However, many home remedies can help warm the feet and keep a person comfortable.

*Movement:As simple as it seems, getting up and moving may be one of the easiest ways to warm the body and help blood flow to and from the feet.

*Socks and slippers

Warm, well-insulated socks are important for people with cold feet. While indoors, it may also help to wear well-insulated slippers, especially if a person does not have carpeted or heated floors

*Foot baths

One of the quickest ways to relieve cold feet is to soak them in a warm footbath.

*Heating pads or hot water bottles

For people who have trouble sleeping due to cold feet, placing a heating pad or hot water bottle at the foot of the bed can keep the area surrounding the feet warm at bedtime.

A person should also speak to a doctor if cold feet are accompanied by other symptoms, including:

*fatigue

*weight loss or gain

*fever

*significant joint pain

*sores on the fingers or toes that take a long time to heal

*skin changes, such as rashes, scales, or thick skin

*If the feet feel cold internally, but the skin does not feel cold to the touch, a person

should see a doctor, as this may be a sign of nerve damage or other neurological conditions.

Getting cold feet from time to time is perfectly normal. Persistent symptoms may be something to discuss with a doctor, but treating the underlying cause should help the feet return a better temperature.

  Signed:Divine Tondo

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