Posts for tag: Acrocyanosis
As we grow, we often hear the saying “Until I’m blue in the face” and know that it is associated with something happening for a long, seemingly endless time. This is a common phrase and is generally accepted among most people of us. But when it comes to our feet, being blue in the feet is not something you think of as a normal occurrence. In fact, most people often link blue feet to frostbite and coldness, but podiatrists know that it can also be due to a disorder called Acrocyanosis.
Acrocyanosis is persistent blue discoloration of the extremities, most commonly occurring in the hands, although it also occurs in the feet and some parts of the face. Unfortunately, the reason behind the disorder is still unknown. The primary form of acrocyanosis is that of a benign cosmetic condition, sometimes caused by a gentle neurohormonal disorder.
Acrocyanosis may be a sign of a more serious medical problem, such as
- Connective tissue disorders
- Certain blood clotting syndromes
- Abnormal blood proteins
- Tumors in the respiratory tract
Signs and Symptoms
Acrocyanosis is characterized by skin discoloration, especially of the extremities. The extremities often are cold and clammy and may exhibit some swelling This tends to be even more predominant in warm weather. The palms and soles begin to sweat moderately to profusely. Exposure to cold temperatures worsens the discoloration of the skin. Aside from the color changes, there are not typically any other symptoms and therefore there is usually no associated pain. The most common sign, discoloration, usually is what prompts patients to seek medical care.
There is no standard medical or surgical treatment for acrocyanosis, and treatment, other than avoidance of cold, is usually unnecessary. If the discoloration is due to an underlying medical condition, it is recommended that the underlying medical condition be treated to help relieve the discoloration of the skin.
While there is no cure for acrocyanosis, patients otherwise have an excellent prognosis. Unless acrocyanosis results from another condition, there is no associated increased risk of disease or death, and there are no known complications.
Are your feet blue without cause? Tried warmer clothes, vascular exercises, and other tricks to get them back to their healthy glow? Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your feet may be blue, but we are here for you.
These medical labels and names can sometimes be scary when we hear them from a doctor or read them on line as we try to self-diagnose. Alan J. Discont, DPM and Dr. Krahn at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC specialize in nerve problems associated with your feet and can give you a clear understanding of your condition without making it sound tragic. Let’s take a closer look and dissect some of them to form better understanding for us layman.
- Neuroma ~ an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves. You may feel a sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot.
- Ischemic Foot ~ causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. You may experience muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Chilblains (cold feet) ~ this must be the reason we lose our nerve at times with cold feet? Well, not this time. This kind is affiliated with the skin and how it reacts poorly to the cold. Circulation can be an issue and you may develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
- Acrocyanosis ~ this disorder is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually doesn’t turn into a more serious condition but can be a sign of having another condition in the body. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
Nerve or vascular problems, such as mentioned above, have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple and can be done with some home care and a quick trip to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing shoes that give your feet room to wiggle are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty, which sounds more difficult than it really is.
Educating yourself is wonderful but make sure that your doctor gets involved before you have convinced yourself that you have all the above conditions! If you need a diagnosis contact us in Chandler Arizona at 480-732-0033. Don’t let your cold feet make you avoid the doctor!