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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
January 31, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Swelling   Acrocyanosis   frostbite   tumors   podiatrists  

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
  • Infections
  • Toxicities
  • 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.

Treatment

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.

Prognosis

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.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

It is normal to have chilly feet. Typically, we warm them up or completely ignore the feeling. Our day to day lives continue on and we are none the wiser. Sometimes though, that is not the case. When you examine your feet and they are cold, achy, red and swelling it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Chilblains, also known as Perino, chill burns, and perniosis could be ailing your cold feet. This condition occurs when an individual is exposed to cold and humidity and can cause serious tissue damage.

Chilblains is often confused with Frostbite and Trench Foot. Although it’s symptoms can be similar, an entire different attack is occurring on the feet.

Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Blisters – due to damage in the capillary bed in the skin
  • Dermatitis
  • Ulceration
  • Pain

Although quite uncomfortable, Chilblains can be controlled. It is important to keep your feet warm when facing this condition. Having warm feet reduces the risk of permanent damage to the foot. After taking a dip at the beach, feet that have been in a pool, and of course the harsh cold of winter can cause flair ups.

Chilblains can be a condition that stands completely on its own and does not have relation to another underlying illness or it can have a connection to a more severe illness. It is important to see a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. There they can determine whether your Chilblains is related to another underlying cause or not.

Treatment

It is important to keep your feet warm at all times if you have Chilblains. Warm shoes and socks are key. Merino wool is both warm and breathable and a good choice for patients suffering with this disorder. Tight fitted shoes are not recommended due to the lack of air and circulation that they can cause the foot. Sticking pieces of wool and cotton between your toes, inside your shoes, can help keep feet warm and improve circulation. While at home, soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salts for 15-20 minute intervals, but be sure not to use very hot water. This will help with circulation which will keep the feet warm.

Think you are suffering from Chilblains? Are your feet red, burning, swollen and itchy? Call our office today at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. We want to get your feet into tip top shape.