In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about Raynaud’s… what it is, who gets it, and what to do about it. Raynaud’s is considered a rare disease that affects the fingers and toes however, mostly likely you already know something about this condition. The reason is... here in the Copper Country, we live in a cold-weather climate for a large part of the year. Dr. Reminga says that he treats Raynaud’s patients in his office at Northern Foot Care Center. People with Raynaud’s are known to have attacks in response to cold temperatures or stressful circumstances. Many of us experience numbness in our fingers and toes after exposure to extremely cold temperatures; however, for those who live with Raynaud’s… cold conditions or emotional stress, such as anxiety or anger, can trigger an attack.

Raynaud’s is characterised by episodic attacks, called, Vasospastic Attacks, that causes the blood vessels to constrict in the fingers and toes. During a Raynaud's attack, the arteries become very narrow for a brief period. As a result, little or no blood flows to affected areas. Raynaud’s can occur on its own or… link to another condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma or lupus, multiple sclerosis, or other connective tissue diseases. The name “Raynaud’s Disease” has been recently changed to “Raynaud’s” by itself. It can be referred to as “primary” and “secondary”. There is no known cause in 9 out of 10 cases. It affects women more than men between the ages of 15 and 30… and women are affected more who live in colder climates. Interestingly, family history factors in… over 30% of those with Raynaud’s have an immediate family member with the condition. Secondary, “Raynaud’s Syndrome” represents fewer than 1 in 10 cases and is associated with an underlying cause, disease, response to a medication, such as over-the- counter drugs with pseudoephedrine, beta blockers and even birth control medications.

Raynaud’s should be taken seriously. Prevention is the BEST defense. Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.