October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. The name of this condition may sound unfamiliar, but it is more common than you think. Raynaud’s affects 5-10 percent of Americans, according to the Raynaud’s Association. There are a few signs to spot early that may help with a proper diagnosis. The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group are sharing more information about this not-so-rare disorder.

Define the disease

Raynaud’s is a condition that interrupts blood flow to different areas of your body, including your fingers and toes. It can be primary or secondary. Numbness, pain, color changes, and coldness are the most reported symptoms in patients. Stress and cold environments often trigger the response, which is known as an attack. An attack can last for minutes or hours.

Remember the risk factors

Women are more likely to experience this condition. Also, people who live in colder climates are at a higher risk. If you’re watching the calendar, symptoms can begin between the ages of 15 and 30.

Prioritize your podiatry appointment

There are many other reasons for cold feet, so it’s best not to guess. To avoid a misdiagnosis, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. From poor circulation to an injury, explore other possible causes. If you have Raynaud’s, your feet are in great hands. The condition can range in severity, so we recommend seeking treatment options early and sticking to a care plan.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunionshammertoescorns and callusesingrown toenailsdiabetic foot care complicationschildren’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.