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Winter’s officially here in Greater Hartford and Middlesex counties and we at Connecticut Foot Care Centers want to give our patients the information they need to protect their feet and ankles during this chilly season.
Here are four suggestions to keep in mind this winter:
Prevent Frostbite. When your body is exposed to extreme cold for a significant period of time, frostbite can result. Usually, frostbite in your feet will occur in stages: toes may first turn bright red and over time darken to purple or blue and start to feel numb. Wear warm socks or multiple layers of socks if you plan to enjoy an outdoor winter activity. Limit the amount of time spent in the cold. If you suspect frostbite, immerse feet in warm—not hot—water and seek medical assistance immediately.
Avoid spills. Icy sidewalks, snowy parking lots and temperatures that drop suddenly all create the perfect storm for a slip or fall that can end in an ankle sprain or fracture. Wear the appropriate footwear for wintry weather and pay attention to where you’re walking. Icy patches can be difficult to detect in the dark. Keep areas around the entrance to your home cleared, salted and well-lit to avoid falls.
- Keep athlete’s foot away. Wearing heavy winter socks in your heated car, office, and stores can cause feet to perspire excessively. Being stuck in wet socks for long periods of time increases the risk of fungal infections. Dust feet with an anti-fungal powder at the beginning of the day and change your socks as soon as you notice that they feel damp.
- Don’t suffer sports injuries. If you enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating, check your equipment and especially your footwear to make sure they are in good condition and still fit properly. Consider taking a lesson or two if you are new to a sport to learn how to safely stop and navigate in the snow or on the ice. If you do sustain a foot or ankle injury, follow the RICE regimen of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, and promptly contact 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 ankles and treat your foot or ankle injury.
Any shift in color of your body parts can be cause for alarm, especially when they’re turning blue. Persistent blue coloration of the extremities is called Acrocyanosis. Typically, acrocyanosis does not require medical treatment, but could be a sign of something more serious going on.
What causes acrocyanosis?
The underlying cause for this condition is unknown, but it is linked to your body’s arteries. The oxygen-carrying arteries suffer spasms, which blocks blood flow to the extremities. That lack of oxygen-rich blood supply causes the skin to be a dark blue or purple color.
Should I be worried if I have blue feet?
Acrocyanosis is generally benign, but it can be indicative of a serious medical illness such as cardiovascular or connective tissue disease. If your feet are blue due to prolonged periods of exposure to the cold, that could be a dangerous emergency condition called frostbite. Frostbite often hurts, which is different than the rarely painful acrocyanosis. If you have sudden blue coloration of your skin, you should see a doctor immediately. Your podiatrist will look at your medical history and conduct a thorough examination to help figure out why your feet are turning blue.
How do I know what’s causing blue feet?
As stated, you’ll need to get to the podiatrist as soon as you can. The following are some common symptoms of acrocyanosis:
- Persistently cold feet at any temperature
- Blue skin discoloration
- Sweaty or moist skin
Can I beat acrocyanosis?
The disorder itself can’t be remedied, but luckily it does not worsen over time. To relive this disorder, a podiatrist will focus on keeping your feet warm and your blood circulating at a normal rate. This might include wearing special footwear like polypropylene liner socks under thick, insulated boots or an insulated sock.
If you are dealing with blue feet, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources to care for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our doctors stay up-to-date with 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!