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Spring is finally here! But for most of the country we haven’t seen any signs of spring-like weather yet! (I know I’m disappointed too.) Along with this extended cold weather comes the increased likelihood of something called Raynaud’s disease. Have you ever been outside in the cold for a long period of time and when you came in your toes were purple or blue?! This is Raynaud’s Disease! The cold causes the small arteries in your toes to constrict and get smaller, which limits the blood flow to the toes and causes them to become discolored. This is not the same thing as frost bite, the symptoms are different. Cold feeling toes, color changes, numb feeling and a pricking or stinging feeling as the toes warm up are the symptoms of Raynaud’s.

Most of the time this is just annoying to deal with it, but it will go away on its own. But in recurring, severe cases or cases that are secondary to another disease, it is necessary to see a podiatrist for treatment.

Some diseases that increase the likelihood of Raynaud’s Disease and would require medical attention include Lupus, Scleroderma, Carpal Tunnel, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjorgens Syndrome to name a few.  If Raynauds develops and you have any of these conditions it is important to go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care to get the proper treatment. We have offices conveniently located in Edison and Monroe, NJ. Severe cases of Raynaud’s Disease are rare but do need to be treated!

Treatment for mild Raynaud’s is to warm up the affected areas, usually heating pads work great! In more severe cases or cases with underlying conditions medications may be prescribed. These medications include calcium channel blockers which will relax the small arteries in your feet so they stay open; alpha blockers are also used, which counteract the normal hormones in your body that constrict blood vessels, so they in turn will relax the arteries.

The most important thing after treatment that your doctor will discuss with you will be how to prevent future attacks! The common recommendations are to dress in layers and make sure skin is fully covered and kept warm and dry. So for this extended winter make sure to stay warm and covered up when going outdoors!

by Varun Gujral