Raynaud’s is a disorder marked by brief episodes of vasospasm. Vasospasm is characterized by constriction of small arteries in the toes and fingers. If you primary or secondary Raynaud’s, cold temperatures or stress can trigger “Raynaud’s attacks.” During an attack, little or no blood flows to affected areas, as a result, the skin turns white then blue for a short time. As blood flow returns, the affected area may turn red, throb or burn.
Attacks can last less than a minute or as long as several hours and can occur daily or weekly. Often, the cause of Raynaud’s isn’t known, primary Raynaud’s (Raynaud’s disease) and secondary Raynaud’s (Raynaud’s phenomenon) have no cure. However, treatments can reduce the number and severity of Raynaud’s attacks. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, and rarely surgery. Infracare Bio material socks can also help keep the feet warm. They are not compression stockings and are designed to decrease heat loss with proven evidence to keep cold feet warm.
Your foot specialist is an excellent source of information and management of this condition.
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