- Pain, numbness, burning sensation, and tingling
- Cold hands and feet
- Skin discoloration (white, red, or bluish hands or feet)—These skin color changes may be triggered by certain factors, like being exposed to cold temperatures. This is called Raynaud’s phenomenom .
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Having wounds properly cleaned and cared for
- You will need to take special care of your skin. If your feet are numb, for example, you may not realize that you have a cut. Your doctor may ask you to carefully inspect your skin daily.
- Taking medications
- Exercising to improve circulation
- Undergoing surgery to increase circulation and decrease pain
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/20/2013 -
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