Attack of the cold feet
October 11, 2011 7:31 AM Subscribe
I feel a bit stupid asking this, but this has been bugging me for a while: is there some illness that can affect women if they get cold feet? This sounds like an old wives tale, however my wife and mother-in-law get very animated about this, particularly with regard to our 8 year old daughter. Unfortunately I have never managed to get much more detail other than a vague mention of kidneys. My google-fu fails me with regard to even the mention of this as a myth, however I am willing to accept that there is some sort of feminine genitourinary complaint that men are not widely aware of. I would just be happier if I knew exactly what it was.
posted by teselecta to health & fitness (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
By way of background, I am of anglo-saxon origin and think nothing of wandering around the house in bare feet at all times of the year. My daughter takes after me physiologically and seems similarly happy to walk around barefoot. On the other hand, my wife's side of the family are of latin origin and do feel the cold more acutely, so I can understand why they would complain about cold feet. What bugs me is the additional insistance - almost bordering panic - that my daughter must always keep her feet and legs covered to prevent this mysterious disease taking hold. Based on my layman's medical knowledge, this appears ridiculous however any discussion about this is immediately derailed because this is a "woman's problem" and so I don't know what I am talking about.
So, can anybody enlighten me?
(incidentally, "cold" is defined as anything less than about 18°C)