Immersion Foot

We send our love, prayers and support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida (pictured above) and the Caribbean Islands. We feel for those that have been displaced from their homes and some who have been taken from their families too soon.

With all this water across the U.S. and in select islands we wanted to remind our friends the importance of keeping their feet dry. Skin is the first defense against outside microbes that surround us daily and live on our skin. When the skin becomes overly hydrated by excessive perspiration or feet remaining in wet shoes or socks the skin becomes delicate. At this point when the skin turns pale and becomes pruned it begins to peel away. This weakened and broken skin is often the point of entry for bacteria. If the infection is not taken care of there is always a chance that it will travel into the surrounding tissue, which may lead to serious consequences.

During the Vietnam War soldiers would stand for long periods of time in wet boots and socks out in the field. These unsanitary conditions in the trenches would lead to the soldier’s feet becoming numb, painful, itchy, blistered, and infected. If untreated trench foot would set in, today it is called immersion foot and it could lead to gangrene and amputations. Immersion foot is avoidable if proper care is taken by; cleaning feet daily, keeping them dry, changing foot ware regularly, and checking feet daily for any issues.

If you are in an area or in a line of work where your feet get wet for long periods of time please remember to take protective measure by wearing water proof boots are having the availability to change into dry shoe gear. If a professional’s opinion is needed please see one of our highly qualified podiatrists at Frederick Foot & Ankle because we love to keep our patients moving.

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