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Raynaud’s Phenomenon and the Feet

Raynaud's phenomenon, also known as Raynaud's disease, is a condition where the toes become cold and numb in response to cold temperatures or stress. This occurs due to blood vessels spasming and narrowing, reducing blood supply. When blood flow returns, the affected areas flush red. Raynaud’s disease is relatively rare, with a higher prevalence among females. Treatment focuses on symptom management. For mild cases, keeping the extremities warm and soaking them in warm water during an attack can be helpful. In more severe cases, medications may be prescribed, and vasodilators may be used to improve blood flow. Preventative measures include maintaining warmth, managing stress, and exercising regularly. Additionally, limiting caffeine and alcohol, refraining from smoking, and avoiding stress triggers may help to prevent this condition.  Raynaud's disease can be primary, without an underlying condition, or secondary and linked to other medical issues such as autoimmune diseases or repetitive movements. Diagnosis involves a thorough medical evaluation, including blood tests. If left untreated, severe complications can arise. If you have these symptoms, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Systemic diseases are medical problems that affect the entire body. Many systemic diseases can bring about foot and ankle problems. If you have a systemic disease that affects your lower limbs, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Which systemic diseases can affect the feet?

  • Peripheral artery disease - Causes inadequate blood flow to the lower limbs

  • Peripheral neuropathy - Nerve damage in the nerves that supply the feet and ankles

  • Diabetes - Can cause nerve damage, poor circulation, and a weakened immune system that can lead to the formation of poorly healing wounds on the feet

  • Arthritis - A disease of the joints that damages joint lining, it often affects the small joints of the feet and the ankle joints

  • Gout - A build up of uric acid in the bloodstream that forms crystals that can lodge in the joints

How can a chiropodist help? 

Chiropodists help people who have systemic disease manage and maintain their foot health in a variety of ways. They can diagnose a multitude of foot and ankle problems, screen for certain systemic conditions, teach patients about proper foot care, and provide information about preventive strategies that patients could employ to avoid complications from their systemic diseases. Chiropodists can also treat foot and ankle problems through medications, foot and ankle exercises, orthotics, and lifestyle recommendations, among many other potential treatments

If you are living with a systemic illness that impacts your foot health, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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