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.
Are you paying attention to your feet? Whether you’ve noticed slow-healing wounds or cold feet, poor circulation can be a sign of another condition: heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are raising awareness about how circulation issues in your feet can signal heart disease.
What is circulation?
The simple answer is how blood moves around the body. As blood moves, it carries oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also takes away waste products. Proper blood flow is critical to a person’s health. Here are three ways to improve your circulation and reduce your risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease, which occurs when arteries become narrowed by plaque.
- Stop smoking
Did you know that smoking can thicken your blood, making it harder for your blood to carry oxygen? This complication is just one way that chemicals in tobacco smoke affect how well blood moves around your body. Smoking also increases your risk for heart disease and raises your blood pressure and heart rate. Both conditions make your heart work harder. Over time, smoking can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of plaque in arteries.
- Start moving
Do you have an exercise schedule? Adding this healthy habit to your lifestyle improves circulation. Yoga is an example of a low-impact exercise. Jogging is an example of cardiovascular exercise. Research has shown that physical activity can improve how well the body takes in and uses oxygen.
- Switch eating habits
Add a healthy diet to your new exercise plan. Both will help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is another way to improve your circulation. When choosing food options, avoid saturated fats and processed foods.
We care about your heart health, and we know how it can impact your foot health, too. We encourage you to stop smoking, start moving, and switch eating habits. 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, athlete’s foot, bunions, diabetic wounds, fungal toenails, hammertoes, heel pain, neuromas, and warts. 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.
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.