Are You at Risk for Cold Feet from Raynaud’s?

Healthy feet. If you have nothing better to do on a weekend and find yourself flush with money you’d like to gamble away, you can always make the 3 ½ hour drive from Austin to Eagle Pass and visit the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino. Before you do, it is worth noting that casinos are not in the business to lose money, so the odds of you walking out with more than you came in with are fairly slim. Of course, there are risk factors that dictate the odds of just about anything happening, including Raynaud’s disease.

Risk factors for Raynaud’s include:

  • Gender. For some reason, primary Raynaud’s disease is more likely to affect women than men.
  • Age. Anyone—male or female, young or old—can develop the condition, but is more commonly seen in patients between the ages of 15 and 30.
  • Climate. Not much of a factor here in Austin, but individuals in colder climates are at greater risk.
  • Family history. If you have a first-degree relative—sibling, parent, or child—with this disorder, there are greater odds that you will develop it as well.

There are also risk factors that stem from secondary causes of Raynaud’s, like:

  • Diseases. Lupus, scleroderma, and other conditions may cause a case of Raynaud’s disease.
  • Occupations. If you work in an environment where you operate tools that vibrate or otherwise sustain repetitive trauma, you are more vulnerable to secondary Raynaud’s.
  • Exposure to substances. Smoking, exposure to chemicals like vinyl chloride, and medications that affect blood vessels are other potential sources.

Whereas we’ve identified factors that could put you at greater risk for cold feet from Raynaud’s disease, it is possible to develop the condition from other causes. No matter the source, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is here to provide the first-class care and treatment you need. Our practice is dedicated to continually exceeding patient expectations with every visit, so contact our Austin, TX office by calling (512) 328-8900 or schedule your appointment with us through our online form today.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists