As a Podiatrist in Anchorage, I see people with Raynauds disease often. Raynaud’s Disease is a disorder that affects the hands and feet. It is caused by contraction of the smooth muscles controlling the small arteries supplying circulation to the extremities. This contraction, called a vasospasm, makes the arteries so small that they restrict blood flow. Exposure to cold temperature can often trigger Raynauds.
Raynaud’s Disease has no known cause and is most common in young women. Staying warm and exercising regularly to maintain healthy blood circulation throughout the body can help and even in above freezing temperatures, it can occur so ensure you are carrying gloves and wearing warm gear on your feet!