With the harsh winter elements, getting frostbite isn’t as impossible as it may seem. Protect your feet during the frigid months.
Your nose isn’t the only thing that Jack Frost will nip at this winter. Any time skin is exposed to severe cold you leave this sensitive tissue vulnerable to damage. And if the elements are cold enough to freeze, cells begin to die. While it might seem impossible to believe that frostbite could happen to you, our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI podiatrists, Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy and Dr. Kristen Patterson, are here to give you some insight into how to safeguard your feet this winter.
What are the symptoms of frostbite?
There are different stages of frostbite to look out for. The first stage is when the toes turn bright red and are cold to the touch. As frostbite progresses, the toes start to change color to purple and blue, and then black. Black toes are the first indicator of severe frostbite. Those who have nerve damage in their feet or diabetes are at high risk, so it’s important that you seek medical attention right away.
Another symptom of frostbite includes numbness in the toes. Of course, there are other conditions that can cause numbness, so, if you are experiencing this, it’s important that you call our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights foot doctors right away.
How do I protect my feet?
To protect your feet from the elements, here are some tips to follow:
- When the weather dips below freezing, it’s time to double up on socks. We aren’t kidding. Choose a moisture-wicking sock as the first pair to put on. Then cover this first sock with a wool sock.
- However, socks can’t do all the work. You also have to choose good shoes to wear when you are outside. Shoes should be waterproof and tall enough to cover your ankles. Shoes shouldn’t be too tight, as tight shoes can increase your chances of frostbite. When you go shoe shopping, wear both sets of socks to help you determine which shoes will actually fit you the best and protect your feet during the winter.
- If your clothes get wet this can also put you at risk for developing frostbite, so it’s important to make sure snow can’t actually get into your shoes. If your feet turn red and start throbbing or stinging, you better head indoors right away.
Don’t let the bitter winter environment affect your health. If you are concerned about protecting your feet, or if you are displaying symptoms of frostbite, it’s time to turn to Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI for proper and immediate care.