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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetes   Raynaud's   fissures  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that each season has its unique foot care concerns and winter is no exception. As the first blasts of cold weather push their way into Southwestern PA we want to remind our patients to be on the lookout for a few podiatric conditions:

Cold feet—this one may seem kind of obvious but continually cold feet that don’t warm up in a normal period of time once inside can indicate a medical condition. At this time of year these types of disorders can be harder to notice since it’s natural to have cold feet. Most often perpetually cold feet indicate a circulatory or blood flow issue. Peripheral vascular disease and diabetes are two major contenders in this arena. Other medical conditions that may have cold feet as a symptom include: chillblains, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and hormonal conditions like hypothyroidism. In some cases your feet are a “first alert” to these diseases and that’s why an ongoing cold feet problem should be checked by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, to determine the cause.

Raynaud’s phenomenon—this disorder can stand alone or be part of a greater systemic autoimmune problem. Patients with Raynaud’s experience spasms in the blood vessels in response to exposure to cold. These cause the toes (and fingers) to turn bluish white and then red before warming up and returning to normal which can take up to 20 minutes. If you have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s you’ll want keep feet and fingers covered with extra layers and limit your time out in the cold.

Xerosis and heel fissures—another common issue in winter months is extremely dry skin (also known as Xerosis). When the temperature drops the heat goes on and this increases the challenge of keeping skin moisturized and hydrated. It’s important to stay ahead of dry skin by drinking plenty of water and applying a rich, emollient moisturizer daily. In worst cases skin can become flaky, itchy and cracks or fissures can develop. These can be painful and also a gateway for infection-causing bacteria to enter the body.

If the cold weather is having an adverse affect on your feet contact our Washington office for an appointment today by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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