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Alison asked...

What could be the cause of freezing cold knees?

What could be the cause of freezing cold knees, calves and feet and spasms in calves and sometimes pain on walking?

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The answer

Thank you for writing to Ask the Expert, and it would be a good idea to see your GP as soon as possible so that he can assess you to see what is possibly causing you these symptoms.

Tests that may be required to obtain a diagnosis may include blood tests to check for diabetes and cholesterol levels, scans to check for blood clots, thickening of artery walls or nerve compression and x-rays to exclude muscle and bone injuries.

In the meantime we would also suggest that you look at your lifestyle and try to continue to exercise and eat healthily as this may help improve things too.

Wishing you all the best,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses