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During the cold winter months, more Middlesex and Greater Hartford County patients are asking us at Connecticut Foot Care Centers about Raynaud’s. Below are some answers to help you better understand this condition that can affect your toes and fingers.
Q: Are Raynaud’s Disease and Raynaud’s Phenomenon the same thing?
A: Raynaud’s is a condition where the blood vessels in the feet and hands overreact to the cold, resulting in spasms in the small vessels which cause skin on the extremities to turn red or whitish-blue. It can also cause a prickly or stinging feeling in your toes and fingers as well as numbness. When this disorder occurs on its own, it’s known as Raynaud’s Disease (or Primary Raynaud’s). When it is caused by another condition, it’s called Raynaud’s Phenomenon (or Secondary Raynaud’s).
Q: What causes Raynaud’s?
A: Researchers are not completely sure. In the case of Secondary Raynaud’s, it can occur due to an autoimmune, connective tissue or arterial disease. It can also happen to patients who smoke, take certain medications or have suffered an overuse injury. In some patients, Raynaud’s is triggered by stress.
Q: What should I do if I experience symptoms of Raynaud’s?
A: You should get inside or to a warmer location. Then you can try to slowly warm your toes by wiggling and massaging them or running warm (not hot water) over them. If this is your first attack of Raynaud’s, make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will examine your feet and get a complete medical history. They will determine if you have Primary or Secondary Raynaud’s and what steps should be taken to minimize the number and severity of the attacks.
Q: What kinds of treatments are available for Raynaud’s?
A: If Raynaud’s exists on its own, the podiatrist may recommend lifestyle changes such as not smoking, increasing the amount of exercise you get and other things that improve circulation. There are also medications, surgery and alternative medicine treatment options available. If Raynaud’s exists in conjunction with another disease, treatment for that condition will need to be determined.
Q: How can I prevent Raynaud’s attacks?
A: Wear multiple pairs of socks to help keep feet warm. Don’t spend prolonged periods of time outdoors when the temperatures are really low. Warm up your car before getting into it on frosty days. Learn how to reduce stress in a healthy way.
If you have additional questions about Raynaud’s or another podiatric problem, don’t hesitate to contact us.
New research shows that having chilly feet increases the risk of catching a cold, flu, or other viruses. According to Dr. Ron Eccles, director of Cardiff University’s Common Cold Centre, most people carry the bugs which cause colds and flu in their nose already without them showing the symptoms that make them ill. If the temperature of their feet drops, however, a change is initiated in the body that causes their nose to become cold, increasing the likelihood of the development of a full-blown cold. While children who are actively playing and joggers typically don’t have cold feet because they are running, children who are often sitting stationary are at a higher risk of getting cold feet and catching a virus. “If you can’t afford to catch a cold—for example if you’ve got an illness like bronchitis—you should keep your nose warm in winter, wear warm shoes and don’t let your feet get wet,” Dr. Eccles said.
Everyday foot care is important in maintaining overall health. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
Every Day Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.
For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.
Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.