According to the Raynaud’s Association, Raynaud’s is not rare. Up to 5-10 percent of Americans may have this condition, which interrupts blood flow to certain parts of the body. October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month, and the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are here to help you learn how to recognize the symptoms.
Rule out Raynaud’s Syndrome
While there is no specific test to identify the condition, many doctors look for key indicators. Raynaud’s affects how patients respond to the cold or stress. In response, blood flow is interrupted to different parts of the body, including feet and toes. First, the skin turns white. Then it changes to blue. This process is known as an attack. Tingling, swelling, and pain may also accompany these sensations.
Check on the circumstances
If you have the symptoms listed above, ask yourself when you experience the reaction. Are you feeling stressed? Do you live in a cold climate? Women are more susceptible to developing Raynaud’s. The condition can affect anyone at any age, and some may develop joint pain or weakening of muscles. We hope you will spread the word this month to raise awareness.
Take time to talk to someone
Unfortunately, many patients will dismiss their symptoms. They may consider it an occasional event when [in fact] they may be missing out on a proper diagnosis. If your skin is changing colors or if you experience tingling or pain, we want to hear from you as soon as possible. There are ways to reduce the frequency of an attack, which include layering to protect the skin or prescriptions medication.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.