British actress and former Bond girl, Joanna Lumley, got trench foot while on an island for nine days. She was asked to test her survival skills for the TV documentary Girl Friday. But what is trench foot?
Trench foot is a painful medical condition of the foot caused by exposure to damp and unclean conditions for a long time. It is a condition of the foot resembling frostbite and often affecting soldiers in trenches.
What causes trench foot?
It is said that the exact causes of trench foot is still unknown. However, the foot condition usually happens when the feet are kept in wet, cold, unclean conditions for a long period of time. Extreme foot sweat can also cause trench foot. Exposing your feet in a cold and unclean condition will make your feet prone to bacteria and viruses. Trench foot was first noticed on soldiers in Napoleon’s Army. It also affects homeless people, sports enthusiasts, festival goers, hikers, and campers.
To learn more about Trench feet, consult a podiatrist. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.
What are its symptoms?
Trench foot can affect any part of the foot like the toes, sole, and heel. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of trench foot are:
- Wrinkling of the skin
- Discoloration of the feet from pale to red to blue
- Foul odor
The foot will develop blisters as the trench foot progresses. If left untreated, it can lead to amputation.
What are the available treatments for trench foot?
Three to six months is the average time needed for the trench foot to completely heal. Neglecting trench foot can lead to amputation so it is better to seek medical help immediately. Thorough washing and drying of the feet are the best treatments for trench foot to get rid of fungus or bacteria. Rewarm your feet by soaking it in a warm water. A footbath is also helpful in drawing excess fluid out of the affected skin.
Ten ways to that may help to prevent Trench Foot
- You can prevent trench foot by following these few measures such as:
- Wearing clean and dry socks and change them several times a day if necessary
- Use waterproof sock liners in you are in damp conditions for a long time
- Use proper cold weather shoes and socks
- Use talcum powder or antiperspirant to keep moisture away from the feet
- Treat foot conditions as soon as possible
- Always wash and clean your feet thoroughly
- Keep your shoes clean and dry
- See to it that you can freely wiggle your toes
- Avoid synthetic footwear materials