The cold weather is starting, and you might experience cold feet and hands. This may be a symptom of a disorder called Raynaud’s Disease. October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month and a good time to go over everything you need to know about this common disorder.

What is Raynaud’s Disease 

First, it’s always best to visit an experienced podiatrist before you self-diagnose. Raynaud’s disease is when the small blood vessels in your extremities constrict. This limits the amount of blood supply delivered to your extremities. Fingers and toes are affected the most, but also the lips, nose, and ears as well. Raynaud’s can be brought on by exposure to the cold. Emotional stress is another factor.

What are the Symptoms of Raynaud’s?

  • Cold fingers and toes.
  • Discoloration of skin. Your toes or fingers may change to white, blue, or red.
  • Numbness or tingling in toes or fingers.
  • Throbbing pain when toes and fingers begin to warm.
  • These symptoms may last a few minutes to several hours.

What Can You Do?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Raynaud’s disease, but the symptoms can be managed. Try these tips: 

  • Wear gloves.
  • Avoid stress and practice coping strategies.
  • Wear multiple layers of clothing when going outdoors.
  • Run warm water over your fingers and toes.
  • Try thick, wool socks. Two pairs are better than one.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking can narrow the blood vessels and worsen the symptoms of Raynaud’s.

For more tips, or if you are experiencing any foot issues, see your foot doctor for proper treatment and help to prevent complications. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle SpecialistsDr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat all types of foot and ankle disorders including, bunionshammertoesingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.

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