What is Raynaud’s Disease?

When the smaller arteries of your body which is responsible for supplying blood to your skin shrink, it limits blood circulation in those areas. That causes the affected areas of your body – like your fingers or toes – to feel cold and numb. This is often experienced when your body is subjected to extremely cold temperatures or to stress. That particular condition is called the Raynaud’s disease.

It’s more often observed in women than in men, and are far more common in areas where there are colder climates than in the tropics. For most, this disease is tolerable at best, but destructive to one’s quality of life at worst.

What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s disease?

How visible and constant the symptoms are depend the duration and frequency of exposure and the severity of the blood vessel spasms. Some of the symptoms are the following:

Cold fingers or toes
Stinging pain when you warm yourself, especially on your extremities
Numb and prickly feeling on your skin upon relieving stress, like getting a foot massage to relax.Changes in skin color when the it’s cold or you exert stress on it

There are also some changes that happen in stages, like before the finger or toes turn blue and numb, it turns white first. As you slowly infuse some warmth back to your body, you will notice the skin change to red. It will accompanied by this tingling or throbbing feeling and in some instances, your fingers and toes will swell. However, it is important to note that people do not go through the exact same changes. Others will go through all 3 colors, some just one.

Usually, Raynaud’s disease only affects your fingers and toes, but in some rare cases, it also affects ears, nose, nipples and lips. It should take at least 15 minutes of warming up to go back to normal. If you have a case of severe Raynaud’s disease, then see a physician right after a sore develops. That could quickly turn into an infection that spreads through your fingers and toes.

What are the causes of Raynaud’s disease?

There are a lot of speculations as to the different causes of Raynaud’s disease. The reason being is that doctors do not completely understand the nature of the condition yet. All they know is that the blood vessels in the hands and feet are overly sensitive to severely cold temperatures and stress.

What are the two kinds of Raynaud’s disease?

Raynaud’s disease has two variations: primary and secondary. The former is the disease’s most common form and is associated with the medical condition that incites vasospasm or the cutting off of blood circulation because the arteries shrunk.

The latter is caused by other underlying issues with arteries and is far less common than its counterpart. It also tends to be harder to treat and is a bit more a serious, especially in the manifestation of symptoms and how they affect the patient’s quality of life. This variation of the condition often appears later on in life, typically 40 and above.

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Tips For Finding The Right Exercise Shoes

Getting into regular physical activity keeps us in good shape and reduces our chances from developing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

One of the most basic things needed when getting into any physical activity is a good pair of shoes. When it comes to exercise shoes, one should consider more than just the looks. After all, our choice can greatly affect the way we move and can determine whether or not we will end up with foot injury.

Here are some tips for finding the right pair of shoes for your feet:

Buy shoes designed for a specific sport

If the main purpose of buying shoes is for a specific activity (i.e. running, tennis, football, etc.), then you should buy shoes designed for that specific sport. Because these shoes are designed for that specific purpose, they will more likely provide your feet with better support.

Go shoe shopping towards the end of the day

The pressure on your feet will make them swell towards the end of the day. Hence, buying shoes in the morning is not a good idea as well-fitted shoes may end up to be too tight for you.

Look for shoes with sufficient support

This simply means that you should pick shoes with the insole that absorbs the pressure. If you cannot find shoes that provide enough support, then you may want to get orthotic inserts. These inserts are specially designed to keep you from experiencing foot pain. You can ask your physician for customized orthotic inserts.

Find shoes that suit the way you run

Running shoes are not created the same. This is because runners have different forms of feet and length of arches. Overpronators tend to roll their feet inwards when running while supinators tend to roll their feet outwards. You should consider then when buying running shoes.

Consider where you’ll be using your shoes

Shoes used in the woods are different from the shoes to be used in the tennis court. So you have to think where you’re more likely to be using your shoes. If you’re using it outdoors, then you’ll have to choose a pair with better grip.

Try the shoes on

A good way to test whether the shoes suit you well is to try them on and move around. Your feet should feel comfortable while wearing them.

Many people give up with their promise of doing more physical activities simply because the shoes that they have are either uncomfortable or are causing them pain. So don’t rush when buying shoes. Take time to examine them and trying them on to see if they’re the right pair for your feet.