It’s been an up-and-down winter. Areas of the country have already dealt with a deep freeze or “polar vortex,” including Connecticut. Low temperatures with high winds meant even stepping outside for too long could have negative consequences. Understanding and preventing frostbite was never so important! Of course, it doesn’t have to be below zero degrees Fahrenheit for you to get frostbite. Enough exposure in normal winter temps can take a toll, too.
Frostbite is dangerous. It’s condition where your body’s tissues begin to freeze. Young children, seniors, and people with poor circulation have the highest risk for the problem, but it can happen to anyone. Even mild frostnip can be pretty uncomfortable for your toes and potentially lead to problems, so knowing how to stay warm in wintery conditions is an absolute must. Here are a few simple tips:
Layer Up – Wear a winter-weather coat and hat, even if you’re just going out for a little while. If you’ll be outdoors for a long time, wear multiple layers, including one with a moisture-wicking fabric that pulls sweat away from your skin.
Invest in Great Socks – The extremities, like your toes, get cold early because they have weaker circulation. Wear thick, warm socks made with natural, moisture-wicking materials to help keep them toasty.
Use Winter Boots – If you’re tromping through snow, your regular shoes won’t be sufficient. Use full, protective snow boots to keep the cold and wet out.
Get Out of Wet Gear – When your feet—or anything else—get wet while you’re outside, change into dry things as soon as you can so the moisture doesn’t have time to freeze around you.
Stay Moving – Motion makes heat! Wiggle your toes and keep your body moving to boost circulation to your limbs and keep you warm.
Your feet can freeze more quickly than you realize. Damage from frostbite can be pretty serious, so don’t take chances. If you’re concerned about your cold toes, or have noticed symptoms of your feet freezing, let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. know right away. Don’t wait for things to get worse. Call either of our two offices to reach us: (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.
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