“While most people complain about hot or swollen ankles, some people experience cold ankles which can also be uncomfortable,” says Walter Gaman, MD, FABFM, board certified in internal medicine; author of several award-winning books including “Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise,” and a partner at Executive Medicine of Texas, a global leader in preventive and proactive health.
Reasons for Chilly Cold Ankles
“There are a variety of reasons that ankles can be cold,” says Dr. Gaman.
“The most common and obvious reason is that the ankle is exposed to cold air. This could happen in the winter or spring, but the summer is the most likely time.
“This is because most people don’t wear socks in the summer, so their ankles are exposed to the air conditioner.
“Medical conditions that can lead to cold ankles include: peripheral vascular disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon and rheumatoid arthritis.
“If your cold ankles are also painful, seek medical attention. Ankles that are cold intermittently, but are not painful or discolored, are most likely not serious.”