Be Alert to Unusual Signs of COVID-19 in the Feet

Foot doctors like Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos are accustomed to seeing a condition called chilblains (also known as pernio) that commonly affects patients. Signs of chilblains include redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort. Women and people with vascular illnesses such as Raynaud’s disease or autoimmune diseases like Lupus are at increased risk of developing chilblains. This condition is typically a reaction to cold weather. Cases increase in the winter and subside in the spring.

However, as the weather got warmer this year, podiatrists began to notice something unexpected: many patients continued to complain of chilblains. These symptoms were observed in relatively young and otherwise healthy patients of both genders who tested positive for COVID-19. They were even observed in people who did not exhibit fever, body aches, coughing, or any of the other expected symptoms of infection by the novel coronavirus. The medical community dubbed this syndrome “COVID Toes.”

Foot pain is not a normal, unavoidable part of life. Help is available. If you are worried about COVID toes, if you experience a change in the appearance or shape of your feet, or if you begin to experience pain or discomfort, the first thing you should do is call your podiatrist’s office. With years of specialized education and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is the best-qualified doctor to provide examination, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up care. Many appointments and procedures are even covered by insurance.

Do you have a concern about the health and wellness of your feet, toes, ankles, or lower legs? Call the My Chicago Foot Expert office at (773) 561-8100 or click here today. Our friendly staff will work with you to determine the best next steps. You can be confident that any recommendation will be made with your overall well-being in mind at that our office follows all CDC-recommended protocols to keep you safe and healthy.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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