You’ve probably heard the phrase “blue in the face” associated with a repetitive activity happening for a seemingly endless amount of time. But have you ever heard of being “blue in the feet?” Yikes! That’s probably a pretty disconcerting sight to behold.
Persistent blue discoloration of the extremities is called acrocyanosis. It typically presents in the hands and fingers, but also occurs in the feet and sometimes in parts of the face. Luckily, acrocyanosis is typically benign, but it can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition in the body.
Blue feet can be a sign of:
- A serious infection
- Toxicities in the blood
- Certain blood clotting syndromes
- Connective tissue disorders
- Abnormal blood protein levels
- A Tumor in the respiratory tract
What are signs of acrocyanosis?
The most obvious sign of acrocyanosis is skin discoloration, especially of the hands, feet, and face. Other signs include:
- Extremities are often cold and clammy
- In warm weather extremities may exhibit swelling
- Profuse sweating from soles of feet and palms of hands
- Cold temperature exacerbates discoloration
There is typically no pain associated with acrocyanosis unless there is another underlying issue at play causing it.
How is it treated?
Treatment depends on what is causing acrocyanosis. Often, the disorder itself cannot be remedied, but treatment ensures it doesn’t worsen over time. Treatment typically focuses on keeping blood circulating normally and warming up the feet and other extremities. Special insulated boots and/or thick moisture-wicking liner socks can help maintain normal body temperature and lessen the discoloration.
If you notice discoloration of your extremities, it should always be checked out by a medical professional. If you have noticed discoloration or any changes at all in your feet or ankles, we’re here to help! Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are highly trained. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!