Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder. It is something that is not often anticipated during relatively mild winter temperatures. The doctors and staff at Fenton Foot Care encourage everyone to stay alert and take precautions to avoid the unnecessary distress of frostbite.
Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes even in temperatures from 30 °F to 40 °F.
Depending on the severity of the exposure, frostbite can affect the skin or underlying tissue, especially in your arms, legs and feet. In most cases the area becomes numb and feels frozen. Skin will appear waxy, white or grayish. Any exposure should be evaluated and treated by a physician.
Avoiding frostbite is easier than treating it. If you must go out in the cold, be prepared.
- Dress in light, loose, layered clothing for ventilation and insulation. Water-repellent fabric is a good overlay.
- Make sure that your head, hands and feet are properly covered. Mittens are warmer than gloves, and two pair of socks (wool over lightweight cotton) will help keep your feet warm.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine prior to, and while, you are outside. These things leave the skin more prone to thermal injury.
- If you get wet, remove wet clothing as quickly as possible and get to a warm location.
- Check yourself every half-hour or so for signs of frostbite. If your toes, fingers, ears or other body parts feel numb, get inside.
If you believe that you are experiencing frostbite, or other foot concerns, we are here to help. Call for an appointment today: 810-629-3338 (FEET)