In October, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists recognize Raynaud’s Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Raynaud’s is Far From Rare,” emphasizes that this disease, while widespread, is not well known.
A: True. In the U.S., it’s estimated that between 15 and 30 million people have Raynaud’s Disease. Only one in ten seek treatment, however.
A: False. While it’s possible for anyone at any age to get this condition, it affects more women than men. In fact, it’s believed to strike 20% of all women of childbearing age. Raynaud’s is also most likely to start between the ages of 15 and 30.
A: True. But for people with this condition, the discomfort is more extreme. People with Raynaud’s may experience numbness, throbbing, and pain in their fingers and toes. The skin will also turn blue or white. Vasospasms cause these symptoms in the small blood vessels, which restrict blood flow to these areas.
A: False. While cold weather triggers Raynaud’s, air conditioning can also trigger or taking something out of the freezer or cold water. In addition, stress also appears to be a significant trigger for Raynaud’s.
A: False and false. Raynaud’s cause is unknown, although certain factors have been identified to increase the risk of developing this condition. These include family history, smoking, taking certain medications, and others. Raynaud’s can also be associated with more serious medical problems like lupus and arterial disease. While there is no medication or cure, doctors can help you identify triggers and reduce discomfort and frequency of attacks.
If you have concerns about your feet and Raynaud’s, contact our Cromwell office by calling 860-632-5499 for an appointment so our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, can evaluate your feet and determine the source of your symptoms.