A Warm Winter Treat For Your Cold Feet

Yes, your dog can warm up your cold winter feet!... photo by TobyotterGot cold feet?

Some people have cold feet year-round. I do… especially during the winter months.

If you’re not interested in trying foot warmers like these, then here’s how you can warm up your cold feet no matter where you are!


4 Ways To Warm Up Your Feet

#1 Warm up your cold feet with movement.

Try this:
Stand on your tippy toes for a couple of minutes, then quickly come back down on your heels. Repeat several times until you feel your blood tingling through your feet and warming them up.

#2 Warm up your cold feet with a hot bath.

Take a relaxing foot soak in warm (not hot) water followed by a pair of warm socks. Oh, who am I kidding?… I usually just go for the full-out body soak in the bathtub. That’s how I warm up all over… and fast! (In the winter, I sometimes take 3 baths a day!)

#3 Warm up your cold feet with chili powder.

Do this with caution, as too much of anything is a good thing… and this is especially true with chili powder!

Simply rub it directly onto the soles of your feet and the tops of your toes. Don’t go much higher, as it may cause irritation.

#4 Warm up your cold feet with cayenne pepper.

When you eat red pepper, its active ingredient, capsaicin, increases the circulation in your toes and fingers. When you put cayenne (or red pepper spices) into your shoes or socks, you’re doing the same thing… topically. For some people, the warming sensation happens immediately, for others, the heat gradually increases over time. (It also depends on how much you use.)

“Cayenne causes the blood vessels under the skin of the feet to dilate, thus stimulating extra blood flow and providing warmth to the feet.” Source


How To Use Cayenne In Your Shoes Or Socks:

Turn your socks almost inside out, and sprinkle a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into the portion of the sock where your toes and the top of your foot will be. Then slip your foot inside. Make sure the pepper is distributed evenly across the bottom of each sock. And let the warming sensation begin!

If you feel inclined to use more than a teaspoon of the cayenne pepper, then add it to a “base” of talcum powder or cornstarch first. Then sprinkle the mixture inside your socks.

Or, you could wear a thin pair of socks normally over your feet. Then sprinkle the inside of a thicker pair of socks with cayenne pepper, and put them on over the thin socks.

Just the same, you could try sprinkling the bottom of your socks, instead of filling them inside.

If you don’t want to take any chances of the pepper coming into contact with you feet, put a tiny bit of dried, powdered cayenne into a plastic or cloth bag. Seal it tightly, and place it next to your cold feet to warm them.

You could also sprinkle the mixture inside your shoes, rather than inside your socks.


Warnings Regarding Cayenne, Chili Powder & Capsaicin

  • Cayenne and chili powder will cause your white socks to turn pink and your feet to turn red. (Plus, they will kind of smell like chili!)

  • To avoid irritation, your best bet would be to not let the cayenne pepper or chili powder come into direct contact with your feet.

  • Do not use chili powder or cayenne pepper if your feet have any cuts, scrapes, or blisters.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after applying, because even one grain that’s left on your finger can burn tremendously if you rub your eyes, or if it comes in contact with your contact lenses.

  • Don’t place too much inside your shoes or socks… you may find it warms your feet more than you can stand.


Here’s a bit more than you ever wanted to know about cold feet (especially as it pertains to skiers’ cold feet)… It’s the patent information for a cayenne pepper-based foot powder.


More About The Relationship Between Cold Feet & Cayenne Pepper:

Pepper profile

6 Reasons To Add Cayenne To Your Diet

Herbs & Spices That Keep You Warm & Healthy

All About Cayenne

More About Capsaicin, Capsicum, Cayenne, and Chili Pepper

Pungent Capsicums Offer A Wide Array Of Health Benefits

Tips For Runners Who Get Cold Feet


Keep in mind, your cold feet could signal a bigger problem, such as Raynaud’s disease — a circulatory problem in which the hands and feet have hypersensitivity to the cold. In fact, you may want to discuss your cold feet with your doctor.



Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Amie Regester

    No matter how much dry ground pepper I put in my socks, this doesn’t work for me. The only that has worked is when I put the pepper in my socks for a few hours, then go activate the oils with hot water. Then it’s burning…which is still better than ice block feet.