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Chilblains occur when the tiny veins called capillaries in your skin become irritated and inflamed after repeat exposure to cold, winter air. Often referred to as pernio, this condition causes red spots and blotches, severe itching, a burning sensation, and swelling and blistering on the hands and feet. Once you develop the condition of chilblains, they often become chronic and occur over a period of many years in correlation with cold weather. The best way to prevent the scourge of chilblains is to try avoiding getting the condition in the first place by dressing warmly and keeping exposed skin covered from exposure to the cold.
Signs and Symptoms of Chilblains include:
- Itching—Small, red, itchy areas on your hands and feet
- Skin color changes—Skin color can change from red to a dark blue with a pronounced increase in pain
- Burning feeling—A sensation of burning on the skin of the feet
- Wounds and blisters—This condition is often accompanied by blisters and small ulcers
Risk Factors for acquiring Chilblains include:
- Geography—People living in areas of high humidity and cold temperatures (but not freezing) are more likely to get chilblains. Chilblains are less likely to occur for people who live in areas where the temperature frequently drops below freezing.
- Tight shoes and clothing—Wearing tight fitting shoes and clothing, especially in a cold, damp environment, can increase the occurrences of chilblains.
- Gender—Women are more prone to developing chilblains, more so than men or kids.
- Circulation—Poor blood circulation can make you more sensitive to temperature fluctuations.
- Raynaud’s disease—is often a precursor to developing chilblains.
When the weather gets warmer, chilblains often get better on their own. However, if the pain persists or if you don’t notice any improvement after two or three weeks, you should check with your doctor to eliminate any other possible causes. If you have diabetes, you need to be especially watchful for skin wounds and blistering since they may develop into infections leading to possible amputation.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from chilblains on your feet, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Let’s take a closer at the condition and understand it’s effects.
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves.
- A sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot may occur.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. This brings on muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Acrocyanosis is a disorder that is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It’s usually harmless but can be a sign of other problems. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
- Chilblains also known as cold feet. And it isn’t just in the winter, circulation becomes a problem and you can develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
Nerve or vascular problems effect blood flow and circulation and the treatment for most of these are simple and can be corrected with a visit to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing roomy and lose shoes are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty.
How can I avoid surgery?
- Wear a simple pad and the right shoes with a wide toe box and low heel to reduce the weight on the ball of the foot.
- Your podiatrist can recommend a series of cortisol injections in the problem area.
- Freezing or sealing the nerve with laser treatment can be another alternative treatment.
- Alcohol solutions or vitamin B12 can be a more natural remedy.
- Stretching your toes regularly will keep circulation and blood flow moving constantly.
If you need a diagnosis contact us at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC by calling 201-363-9662 and schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Fort Lee and Ringwood New Jersey or Forest Hills, Flushing, Woodhaven or Brooklyn New York.
We may throw that term around loosely when we feel someone has lost the nerve to fulfill their responsibility, hence the saying “they must have cold feet”. But both terms are not related in this case and these medical terms can be confusing when we hear them from a doctor or read them on line as we try to self-diagnose. Cold feet can be a result of many conditions and Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC specializes in nerve problems associated with your feet. If you suspect you may have any of these symptoms call us for a consultation.
- Neuroma is 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.
- Chilblains (cold feet) 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 in addition to your feet always being cold.
- 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.
- Acrocyanosis is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It usually remains a harmless condition but can be a sign of having other conditions in the rest of your body. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
Nerve or vascular problems, such as the ones mentioned above, have two things in common, blood flow and circulation. The treatment for most of these are simple but if left unattended they could result in more problems, especially with diabetic patients. Keeping your feet warm can help along with wearing shoes that fit properly and exercise will certainly keep the blood flowing in your legs, feet and ankles.
If you feel you may have one or more of these symptoms don’t delay and wait for your discomfort or pain to increase. Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee has locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Forest Hills NY, Flushing NY, Woodhaven NY and Brooklyn NY. If cold feet becomes a chronic condition for you, do not hesitate to call us at 201-363-9662 and make an appointment with our team of professionals today!