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How to Recognize and Treat Chilblains

With winter upon us, and our recent cold weather snap, we are seeing patients with a higher risk of chilblains. WHAT ARE CHILBLAINS? A chilblain is a small, red swelling on the skin, which can be very itchy and gradually becomes very painful. Chilblains usually occur on the smaller toes but can occur on the finger, face, or nose. They occur due to an abnormal reaction of the body to cold. A chilblain may also occur on a pressure bearing area such as a bunion. Chilblian Doctors East Coast Foot and Ankle Appearance
  • A chilblain will usually appear as a red, swollen lesion on the tip of a toe or finger.
  • They can dry out leaving cracks in the skin, which expose the skin to infection.
  Symptoms
  • The lesion becomes increasingly painful.
  • The lesion becomes very itchy.
  • Patients may suffer from a burning sensation on their toes or feet.
  • In some cases the surface of the skin may break and an infection may develop.
  Causes
  • Abnormal reaction to cold.
  • Seen with patients who suffer from Raynaud's Syndrome.
  • Elderly people with poor circulation are at a greater risk.
  • Those exposed to prolonged cold, moist conditions.
  • If the skin is chilled and then followed by rapid warming such as a gas fire.
  • The sudden onset of very cold water on the skin.
  • Other contributing factors include dietary, hormonal imbalance, and anemia.
  What you can do:
  • Keep legs and body warm, especially if you have poor circulation.
  • Leg warmers and thick woolen socks (Smartwool socks) may be of benefit.
  Other treatment options
  • Prescription Vasodilators
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FASMA Expands to Raleigh, NC

FASMA welcomes two new office locations and four new podiatric doctors in January with Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center joining our group. Dr. Robert Hatcher began the practice in 1977 as a solo practitioner. In 1999, Dr. Kirk Woelffer joined the practice. Later in 2006, Dr. Alan Boehm, Jr. was added and then Dr. Jordan Meyers in 2014. The office location was moved in 1994 to the current location on Millbrook Road and a second location on Blue Ridge Road was added in 2015. Drs. Robert Hatcher, Kirk Woelffer, Alan Boehm, Jr, and Jordan Meyers are FASMA’s four newest podiatrists. Drs. Hatcher, Boehm, and Meyers are graduates of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and Dr. Woelffer obtained his degree from Des Moines University. Dr. Hatcher completed his surgical residency at Northlake Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Woelffer completed his surgical training at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis under the guidance of Dr. Allen Jacobs. Dr. Boehm was a resident at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Meyers finished his surgical training in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the University of Louisville Hospital and Kentucky One Health. With the newest Raleigh division, FASMA now has 54 podiatrists and 34 office locations.