Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

The Connection Between Your Throat and Your Feet

Spring is here and the weather is warming up. Here in the Northeast, we’re putting away our wool socks and breaking out our sandals. But what does it mean if winter’s over and your feet are still cold? What if nothing seems to keep your hands and feet warm enough?

Keeping the hands and feet warm at the same temperature as the rest of the body is a hard job! Because the extremities are farthest away, it’s most difficult for the heart to pump blood to our hands and feet. This means that they often feel chilled first and most acutely. Typically, even in the winter, this not much more than an inconvenience, easily managed with not much more than some gloves and warm footwear. But when it’s hard to warm feet up – when they stay uncomfortable even in the spring and summer, look blue, or feel numb – they might be trying to tell you something. Cold feet can be the sign of an underactive thyroid gland.

Your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in your throat near your Adam’s apple. Among other things, the thyroid boosts and regulates your energy, warms your body, and activates your immune system. When everything is working as it should, you probably aren’t aware of your thyroid. But if the thyroid is malfunctions, you’ll likely feel unwell.

An underactive thyroid can lead to some of the following symptoms:

$1      Low energy or exhaustion

$1      Increased sensitivity to cold – especially cold feet!

$1      Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints

$1      Muscle aches and pains

$1      Dry skin

$1      Constipation

$1      Unexplained weight gain

$1      Thinning hair

Does this sound familiar to you? Are you experiencing cold feet or some of the other symptoms described above? With more than 40 years of combined experience, Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova are experts in the care of your feet and ankles. They have diagnosed and treated the cold feet of many patients, and they’re ready to help you, too.  Call 443-872-7052 or click here to request an appointment at our conveniently located Pikesville office today.