Can Lupus Affect My Feet?

May 19, 2014
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Did you know that a simple foot exam with us at Advanced Foot Care Centers could help diagnose you with Lupus?  Or, if you already know that you have Lupus, your podiatrist could warn you of a possible flare up?


What is Lupus?


Lupus is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack your healthy, normal cells along with the bacteria and viruses that are supposed to be attacked.  The cause of Lupus is unknown, but it is a lifelong condition.  Symptoms can range from feeling like you have the flu in mild cases to heart, lung, and nervous system problems in severe cases.  


Many people that have Lupus lead normal lives such as the musician Seal, Kelly Drury (General Hospital,) Cindy Crawford (Drag Racing Basics,) and Kelly Stone (sister of Sharon Stone.)


How Does Lupus Affect my Feet?


Lupus can affect every part of your body, and feet are no exception.  Common symptoms that can show up in your feet are:


  • Joint pain and swelling
    • This is known as arthritis
    • Often in both feet at the same time
    • Lasts for weeks
    • Morning stiffness
  • Red or purple raised rash
  • Your toes and feet turn white because your blood vessels tighten up and don’t let blood get through.  After this, you will see the color changing from white to blue because blood carries oxygen to your toes and feet, but no blood is getting through to the area to drop off oxygen.  Later, the area will turn red as the blood vessels open up and you have a good blood flow again.
    • This is called Raynaud’s Phenomenon
    • During this time you may notice numb, tingling, cold feet and toes
  • Blue or red spots on your skin
    • Spots can show up under your toenails


I Have Some of These Symptoms!  What do I Do?


Just having some of the symptoms listed above doesn’t necessarily mean you have Lupus.  Lupus is a very complicated condition, and many types of doctors are needed to diagnose it.


If you have already been diagnosed with Lupus, you may have a flare up with some of these symptoms that you may or may not have had before. 

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Wiles at Advanced Foot Care Centers in Hixson to find out more about your feet and Lupus.


By:  Michael Wiles, DPM








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