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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
July 26, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

It is normal to have chilly feet. Typically, we warm them up or completely ignore the feeling. Our day to day lives continue on and we are none the wiser. Sometimes though, that is not the case. When you examine your feet and they are cold, achy, red and swelling it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Chilblains, also known as Perino, chill burns, and perniosis could be ailing your cold feet. This condition occurs when an individual is exposed to cold and humidity and can cause serious tissue damage.

Chilblains is often confused with Frostbite and Trench Foot. Although it’s symptoms can be similar, an entire different attack is occurring on the feet.


  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Blisters – due to damage in the capillary bed in the skin
  • Dermatitis
  • Ulceration
  • Pain

Although quite uncomfortable, Chilblains can be controlled. It is important to keep your feet warm when facing this condition. Having warm feet reduces the risk of permanent damage to the foot. After taking a dip at the beach, feet that have been in a pool, and of course the harsh cold of winter can cause flair ups.

Chilblains can be a condition that stands completely on its own and does not have relation to another underlying illness or it can have a connection to a more severe illness. It is important to see a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn at Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. There they can determine whether your Chilblains is related to another underlying cause or not.


It is important to keep your feet warm at all times if you have Chilblains. Warm shoes and socks are key. Merino wool is both warm and breathable and a good choice for patients suffering with this disorder. Tight fitted shoes are not recommended due to the lack of air and circulation that they can cause the foot. Sticking pieces of wool and cotton between your toes, inside your shoes, can help keep feet warm and improve circulation. While at home, soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salts for 15-20 minute intervals, but be sure not to use very hot water. This will help with circulation which will keep the feet warm.

Think you are suffering from Chilblains? Are your feet red, burning, swollen and itchy? Call our office today at 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. We want to get your feet into tip top shape.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 07, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Injuries   Trench Foot  

The condition called “trench foot” was first officially diagnosed in 1812 by a doctor who treated French soldiers who spent a lot of time in cold,trench foot wet trenches. Though it is relatively rare in patients, trench foot is a very concerning foot problem that you should be aware of. If you have any potential symptoms, schedule an urgent appointment with your podiatrist to have it properly diagnosed and treated.

What Is Trench Foot?

Trench foot is a foot condition that develops because the feet have been exposed to very cold water or dampness for a very long time. Proper circulation to the feet stops as blood vessels constrict due to the cold. The feet are vulnerable to bacteria and the elements, causing a number of undesirable symptoms. Common symptoms of trench foot include:

  • Discolored feet (turning red, blue or black)
  • Tingling, itching or burning
  • Numbness in the feet
  • Red blisters

In severe cases, parts of the feet, like toes, can begin to fall off. If the foot already has some type of infection or wound, the progression of trench foot can be more aggressive. In untreated cases, gangrene can develop and amputation may be necessary.

Who Is at Risk for Trench Foot?

Trench foot was first noticed in soldiers who were forced to spend days, weeks or months in wet trenches. Wearing poorly designed shoes or boots allows the feet to become damp and cold. Any patient who lives in an outdoor environment that is very cold and gets long periods of rain could be at risk for trench foot—especially if proper boots aren’t worn at all times.

Getting Help with Trench Foot Symptoms

It’s important to have any symptom of trench foot looked at by a podiatrist as soon as possible. There are a few common ways that doctors treat trench foot:

  • Warming the feet with heated pads or warm water.
  • Physical therapy to bring circulation back to the feet.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the feet with antifungal agents.
  • Removing bad tissue so that good tissue has a chance to regenerate on the feet.

Schedule an urgent appointment with your podiatrist if your feet have been exposed to cold, damp or dirty conditions for an extended period of time and you’re experiencing symptoms of trench foot. The sooner it is treated, the better the chance of returning the feet to a normal and healthy condition.