Winter is here and cold weather is coming. As you go into the winter season you should make sure that you are taking the right steps to protect your feet from cold temperatures. This is especially true if you have any kind of circulatory or nerve problems. But in all cases you should regularly inspect your feet for frostbite.
Frostbite occurs when your feet are in the cold for an extended amount of time. It appears as a white or grayish-yellow patch of skin and may feel itchy or numb. For frostbite on your feet, it is important to take weight off of your feet to prevent further damage to your skin. It is also important to keep your skin dry because moisture will allow frostbite take hold faster.
If you have poor blood circulation, it is important that you wear proper shoes and in addition to keeping your feet dry. A consequence of poor circulation is a loss of feeling in your feet. So in many cases frostbite can go unnoticed and cause severe tissue damage without you even knowing.
In severe cases, tissue damage can occur deep within the foot. This can result in damage to your nerves, bones, and tendons. If this occurs you can lose the feeling in your foot or you may even have to have parts of your foot amputated.
If you have encountered frostbite on your feet, it is important that you contact your doctor and not heat your skin too quickly. If you have lost parts of your feet to frostbite, you may need orthotics to correct the posture of your foot. If you think you need orthotics or are suffering from the effects of frostbite, contact our Troy office at 248-362-3338 or our Warren office at 586-751-3338. You may also request an appointment online at our website.