Raynaud's Disease

Raynaud’s Disease: What Is It?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Pain, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Ever heard of Raynaud’s disease? No? Well, you’re not alone. Few people have actually heard of it, but you may recognize its symptoms.

Raynaud’s Disease is a disorder that affects the feet, hands, ears, and nose.  It causes them to feel to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. It is caused by contraction of the smooth muscles controlling the small arteries supplying circulation to the affected areas. This contraction, or “vasospasm,” makes the arteries so small that they restrict blood flow.

Symptoms include:

  • Cold fingers and toes
  • Color changes in your skin in response to cold or stress
  • Numb, prickly feeling or stinging pain when affected areas begin to warm

Raynaud’s Disease is most common in young women, and has really no known cause. It can occur on its own or as a secondary condition to another disease, i.e. lupus, scleroderma,  or rheumatoid arthritis.

One of the best ways to alleviate the symptoms of Raynaud’s is to keep warm! (not too hard for us in Florida!) However, there are medications used to manage Raynaud’s when keeping warm is not enough including calcium channel blockers, alpha blockers, and vasodilators. Self-care and prevention steps, such as dressing in layers or heavy socks, usually are effective in dealing with the more mild symptoms of the disease though.

If you have are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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