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What do cold feet indicate while undergoing an annual physical?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :1994

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Posted on Thu, 11 Oct 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: 5 days ago I underwent my annual physical. I had inquired about my feet feeling cold immed upon reclining in bed. Dr tested with some wraps around both ankles and said nothing showed to explain- offered no further explanation. Any ideas?
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 26 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Can bwe vascular insufficiency.

Detailed Answer:


Feeling of cold feet with normal oxygen saturation can be suggestive of a vascular insufficiency in the legs or a neurological deficit due to chronic problems like Diabetes or due to a functional disorder of the nerves or vitamin B 12 deficiencies.

You need a careful assessment by your physician along with investigations like colour Doppler study for leg blood vessels for proper diagnosis and further treatment.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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