What is Raynaud’s Disease?
Raynaud’s Disease is a condition that causes some areas of the body to feel numb and cold, including the feet and toes. These symptoms occur in the cold or with stress, and are caused by blood vessels in your skin that spasm. Other symptoms you may notice include tingling or prickling sensations as the skin is warmed and a sequence of color changes of your skin. During an episode of Raynaud’s, your skin generally turns white, then blue, and finally red.
There are 2 Types of Raynaud’s:
- Primary Raynaud’s: This is the most common form of the disorder, and is marked by the absence of medical conditions or disease processes that could cause the blood vessels to spasm.
- Secondary Raynaud’s: Also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon, the symptoms for Secondary Raynaud’s may not show up until later in life. This is the most serious form of Raynaud’s because the constriction of the blood vessels is caused by an underlying medical condition.
How Does Raynaud’s Disease Affect the Feet?
- If blood vessels stay constricted, only letting a small amount of blood through, you can have deformities of your toes.
- If your blood vessels constrict and are permanently closed, you can get ulcers or skin in the area can die.
- In severe untreated cases, you may need to have your toe(s) amputated.
It is a good idea to have your feet looked at by a podiatrist, especially if you have Raynaud’s. There are things you can do to lessen and prevent attacks, so schedule your appointment with Dr. Solomon today by calling (706)-861-6200.
By: Aaron Solomon