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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Raynaud's disease  

Have you ever had an instance where your toes turned white and felt numb and extremely cold? Even if you have heard about the condition of Raynaud’s Disease you may feel like that couldn’t be what you have since it is usually associated with climates where temperatures are habitually lower than in West Chatham County. However, Raynaud’s Disease is an overreaction to cold that can regardless of the weather and we do see cases of it at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC .

When a patient has Raynaud’s Disease, the arteries in their toes and fingers experience spasms, which constrict the blood vessels and temporarily reduces blood supply to your toes and fingers. Once the trigger of the attack is eliminated normal circulation will resume but it can take several minutes. In the process your toes may turn red and they may tingle, throb or swell before returning to normal.

Common Triggers

While exposure to cold does commonly trigger attacks in patients with Raynaud’s Disease, there can be other underlying causes as well including:

  • Medications—certain drugs used to treat high blood pressure, migraines, ADHD, cancer and even some over-the-counter cold medications can all trigger an attack
  • Smoking—this already constricts your blood vessels
  • Injuries to the feet including fractures, frostbite or a previous surgery
  • Diseases—particularly those relating to your arteries and connective tissues
  • Repetitive actions—such as operating a jackhammer or playing the piano for a long period of time

Getting it Under Control

If you have symptoms of Raynaud’s the first step is to make an appointment at our Pooler office in Georgia. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your feet and get your medical history—you have an increased risk for the disease if other family members have it. If the foot doctor confirms a diagnosis of Raynaud’s Disease, the treatment will be focused primarily on preventing attacks. In addition to adjusting any medications you are on, the podiatrist may suggest the following:

  • Use gloves or oven mitts when taking food in and out of the freezer.
  • Drink cold beverages out of insulated cups.
  • Wear socks to bed.
  • Avoid being directly in front of an air conditioner and make sure that it is not set too low.
  • Do not put your hands into freezing cold water.
  • If it is a cold day outside be sure to wear extra warm socks or more than one pair and limit your time outdoors.
  • Warm your car up before getting in and driving on chilly mornings.

More questions? Contact us by calling (912) 330-8885.

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