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Protect Your Feet from Frostbite


When body tissues are harmed after being exposed to freezing conditions, it can result in frostbite, a possibly irreversible condition. Frostbite is more likely to occur in the winter, in windy conditions, and at high elevations.

Skin exposed to cold temperatures or water can freeze, causing the common but frequently ignored condition of frostbite. Numbness, swelling, blisters, and blackened skin are some of the signs of frostbite. Wintertime can be enjoyable, but it can prove to be extremely dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.

Frostbite symptoms

This severe condition also damages the skin from the inside, not on the surface only. People may not be aware they have frostbite since their skin doesn’t feel chilly because the symptoms can vary. Here is a list of symptoms to look for:

  • Abnormal or loss of sensation in the affected area
  • Change in skin color
  • Rough skin
  • Protruding parts of the body and limbs are statistically most vulnerable areas
  • Swelling
  • Blisters and red skin

Amputation may be necessary for severe circumstances, which is why receiving quick medical care is crucial.

What do you do if you have frostbite?

  • Keep yourself warm.
  • Change clothes and get into something warmer.
  • See a podiatrist or a healthcare professional immediately.
  • Do not try to stand or walk on potentially damaged feet or toes.
  • Refrain from applying pressure on the affected area.

While extended exposure to low temperatures usually results in frostbite, it can also happen quickly in extremely cold conditions. If your blood circulation is poor or you are not suited for cold weather, you are most at danger. Consult your podiatrist on what steps you can take to stay safe

Frostbite: Protection

  • Wear thick protective fabric to keep warm.
  • For icy cold winds, wear windbreakers.
  • Protect your feet at all times.
  • Use thick material socks to keep warm.
  • Synthetic fabric layering to keep the feet dry.
  • Wear waterproof protective footwear.
  • Protect your ears and nose and fingers.
  • Stay hydrated.

First-aid care can be used to treat mild frostbite at home. Depending on the degree of the injury, medical treatment for all other forms of frostbite may include various therapies after providing the necessary first aid and hypothermia assessment.

If you suspect you have frostbite, seek help from a podiatrist for any foot concern. A prompt and proper diagnosis can save your feet from any serious complication. At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.