Understanding Raynaud’s Disease


Since it’s estimated that over 90% of individuals who suffer from Raynaud’s disease are unaware that their symptoms are caused by a medical condition, the team at Syracuse Podiatry recognizes how important it is that patients learn more about this ailment. Knowledge is power, and understanding that there may be a way to help alleviate these conditions is the first step. Check out the blog post below to learn more about the causes of Raynaud’s disease, how it manifests, and ways you can find relief from the discomfort.

What is Raynaud’s Disease?

Raynaud’s disease is a rare disorder that occurs when blood vessels constrict excessively, limiting blood supply to affected areas, primarily in the fingers and toes. Episodes are often triggered by cold temperatures or stress.

Symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease Include:

  • Cold fingers or toes.
  • Color changes in the affected areas ranging from white to blue to red.
  • Numbness, prickling feeling, or stinging once the affected extremities warm up again.

Causes and Risk Factors

Raynaud’s disease is categorized into primary and secondary types. Primary Raynaud’s is more common and less severe and is not typically caused by any underlying medical conditions. Secondary Raynaud’s is associated with other autoimmune conditions. While the exact cause is often unknown, factors such as genetics, autoimmune diseases, certain medications, carpal tunnel, smoking, or injury may contribute to its development.

Effective Management Strategies

Tips for managing Raynaud’s disease include keeping warm in cold weather, in addition to lifestyle changes that may focus on stress management techniques and avoiding triggers.

Medical Treatments

Many people often endure the discomfort, not realizing there may be ways to find relief. In severe cases, medical treatments such as vasodilators and calcium channel blockers may be prescribed to improve blood flow and reduce the frequency and severity of episodes. Seeking medical advice for personalized guidance is essential, especially for those with secondary Raynaud’s associated with other health conditions.

Syracuse Podiatry is here to help with all aspects of foot health, from diagnosis through treatment. Contact us today so Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and Dr. Nicholas Cronin can help you prioritize your foot health and get you stepping in the right direction!

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