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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:


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.


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!

October 27, 2015
Category: General Foot Care
Tags: Lupus   Raynauds  

Many often wonder why we spend so much time talking about systemic diseases when they don’t seem to have anything to do with feet whatsoever. What you may not realize is that many systemic  diseases can have effects on mobility, skin integrity and more. Further, lots of systemic issues present first in the foot, so in many cases, a chiropodist is the first person to notice when something bigger could be going on.

One example of a condition that can have effects in the foot is lupus. Lupus is a fairly common connective tissue disease in which the main initial symptoms are extreme fatigue, generalized fever, photosensitive (sun-related) rashes and polyarthralgia (joint pain).  Lupus, being systemic, can have a pretty profound effect on all body systems and is connected to other disease processes such as atherosclerosis, kidney failure, alopecia (hair loss), anemia and greater susceptibility to infection.

Lupus also has a major impact on the feet. What can begin as simple aches and pains for patients can become debilitating.  Patients sometimes come into our office barely able to walk. Some lupus patient’s feet are extremely cold, and turn blue frequently which can be alarming. Vasculitis, or swelling of blood vessels can lead to open wounds on the lower limb in lupus patients.  So how do we manage these many different presentations of lupus in the foot?

Lupus and the Foot 

With lupus, footcare is mostly palliative. Patients are advised to protect the fragile skin on their feet and report to us with any lesions. So what may be a simple blister for you or me can be a nightmare for a patient with lupus. Patients are also fitted with accommodative, cushioning orthotics. Patients may require local wound care as well, depending on the severity of vasculitis and arterial disease.  Overall we have seen firsthand the benefits of seeking podiatric care when diagnosed with this condition. The sooner symptoms are managed in the foot, the greater the longterm mobility outcomes.

If you have any of the foot problems discussed here today, give us a call at 519-624-4122! You never know, it could make the difference between walking in pain, or walking pain-free.

Happy Tuesday! 

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