In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about foot conditions that relate to winter weather. Cold, winter weather can cause many foot related problems. The risk increases as people participate in a wide range of winter sports such as... skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, figure skating, snowmobiling, and ice fishing for example.

What are the cold-weather foot problems people may experience?
Chilblains, or sometimes called Pernio, is a cold-weather condition that appears as small, itchy, painful lumps that develop on the skin. They develop as an abnormal response to cold. Chilblains tend to occur on areas of the body that easily become cold... such as, your toes, fingers, nose, and earlobes. Chilblains are quite common. It's not clear why some people get them when their skin gets cold.
Raynaud's Phenomenon can be another worrisome winter foot condition. Raynaud's is brought on by very cold temperatures that cause small blood vessels to spasm and tighten which in turn... limits circulation in the extremities, such as the feet and hands. The lack of blood supply to the extremities can cause pain, blistering, and discoloration.
Skier's Toe can be another worrisome Winter foot condition. If you look down at your feet and see a black toenail, you may have skier's toe or medically known as "subungual hematoma". The dark color is caused by bleeding under the toenail. It can be painful due to the pulsing that is felt from the pressure build-up against the nail. A one-time trauma or the repetitive use of shoes or ski boots can cause this condition.

Dr. Reminga shares more information about the effects that Winter has on our feet. Listen to find out more about this interesting subject and to help keep you safe this Winter. 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.