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January 25, 2016
Category: General Foot Care
Tags: Raynauds   Cold feet   blue feet  

Brr, its cold out there! It looks like after that balmy December, winter has finally arrived! And its a cold one, to say the least. While most of us can beat the cold by dressing as warmly as possible and doubling up on layers, the reality is, some people cannot get warm, particularly in their toes and feet.  Indeed, there are a couple of specific medical conditions which make a person’s feet colder than usual, and on days like today, this coldness can become hard to bear.  The good news? A registered Chiropodist can be there to assist with the problems associated with these conditions, and make the day-to-day better for our patients.

Before we discuss treatment, we need to discuss the conditions:

Chillblains

This condition occurs following exposure to cold in which the affected body part (often toes) becomes itchy, red and swollen for 7-14 days. The condition represents s a form of localized vasculitis, which simply means inflamed blood vessels. The development of a swollen digit often appears suddenly and can be alarming to patients if they haven’t seen it before. Sometimes the entire foot can become swollen.
 

Reynaud’s Phenomenon

This is a fairly common condition in which there is reduced blood flow to the digits of the feet and hands.  This condition is characterised by attacks which are usually initiated by a rapid change in temperature, causing the affected body part to change colours. First, the body part becomes white, then blue and finally bright red.  When people see blue toes, they generally become very concerned.  The blue occurs due to reduction in blood flow and the red occurs at the end of the attack when blood flow to the digit increases.  This condition can affect anyone but most commonly affects young women.  Reynaud’s attacks can also be precipitated by strong emotions such as stress or anxiety. This condition can happen on its own or in combination with other diseases. When it’s in combination with other diseases, it’s called Secondary Raynauds.

Treatment

So now that you know what these conditions are, we can discuss treatment. For both conditions, keeping the feet as warm as possible is the only real treatment.  Keeping the home and office warm, regular daily exercise and avoidance of vasoconstrictors such as caffeine may also help. In cases of chilblains, your chiropodist may be able to prescribe a topical corticosteroid which could be helpful for symptom relief.

If you have cold feet and toes that extend beyond that of what you consider to be “normal,” then you should call us at 519-624-4122! We can help!

 

Stay warm and Happy Monday!


January 04, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Happy 2016!

    Now that we are back in the office full swing we thought we would talk resolutions. New Years is a time where many people recommit to health and wellness. We are betting that when resolutions are made, no one is really considering the health of their feet! What is interesting though is that some of the most common resolutions, if achieved, can provide tremendous improvement to the lower limb! Therefore, we thought we would take some common resolutions and tell you how they could benefit your feet!

Lose Weight

Weight can play a major role in foot pain. We often see the development of painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis following significant weight gain. Extra weight can also exacerbate knee and ankle problems. The feet are after all, weightbearing structures and therefore, the more weight they have to carry, the more overworked they become.

Quit Smoking

Long term smoking can lead to blood vessel damage and is a major risk factor in the development of peripheral arterial disease, a condition of reduced blood flow to the lower limb. Reduced blood flow leads to many problems in the foot including delayed wound healing, wound development, neuropathy, gangrene, necrosis, infection, and pain. All of these factors can lead to reduced mobility or eventual amputation. Need more motivation? timelines suggest that within 2 weeks of quitting, lung function and circulation return to normal, so you will start to see benefits immediately!

Be Less Stressed

Stress can be a good thing, and definitely has its place in our lives. However, constant stress leads to persistent release of the stress hormone cortisol from our adrenal glands. This single hormone has a wide array of effects in the body, and these effects can be transmitted to the lower limb. For instance, cortisol suppresses the immune system, reduces calcium absorption (reducing bone strength), minimizes skin integrity, increases fat deposition and increases blood pressure.  All of these factors can lead to diseases of the foot, and can contribute to immobility. Therefore, stress reduction in the New Year will not only improve your quality of life but will also greatly benefit your feet!

If you were needing any extra motivation to uphold your New Years resolutions, there you have it. We are available to further discuss your foot health goals and get you started on the path to improved mobility! Call at 519-624-4122 to book an appointment today!

Happy New Year!

Doug and the Achilles Team

 




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