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By Dr. Steven Miller
November 09, 2014
Category: Education
Tags: winter   cold   toes   Raynaud  

Raynaud toesAs the temperature drops and winter approaches, just the phrase "polar vortex" can make a person shiver. However, those with Raynaud's phenomenon have to be especially careful.

Named after French physician Maurice Raynaud (1834–1881), this condition is believed to be the result of vasospasms that decrease blood supply to the extremities in response to cold or emotional stress.

Toes and fingers change color (pale or blue) during a spasm and can be painful.  Nails may also develop longitudinal ridges.  Often the underlying cause is not known.

The following tips may help individuals with Raynaud's phenomenon stay comfortable during the upcoming winter:
  ◦  wear leggings and use activated heat packs (handwarmers)
  ◦  keep moving when in cold temperatures
  ◦  recognize and adapt to stressful situations
  ◦  avoid smoking and vasoconstrictive medication (including some blood pressure medication and over-the-counter cold remedies)

If you need additional guidance, schedule an appointment at Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking

December 05, 2013
Category: Sports
Tags: winter   socks   frostbite  

Ice skateAre you planning to go sledding, skiing, snowboarding or skating? With adequate preparation and proper equipment, you can prevent most injuries common to winter sports.

Find a buddy who enjoys your sport. Never participate in winter sports alone.

Stay warm by wearing several layers of clothing. Use appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves, and padding.

Wear footwear that keeps feet warm and dry. This includes socks made from material that “wicks” sweat away from the skin. Wet skin is in greater danger of freezing (frostbite).

Warm up thoroughly before activity. Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.

Drink plenty of water before, during and after your activity.

These steps should keep you safe, but if you have any trouble, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller for all your foot and ankle sport-related questions.