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Is Jack Frost Nipping At Your Toes?

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The frigid air is here and it is important to keep your fingers and toes covered up and warm. Frostbite is a big thing to be concerned about this time of year, because it doesn’t take long for frostbite to set in with the low temperatures that the east coast has been seeing lately.

The hard thing about diagnosing frostbite is its appearance. The way that it appears at first may not be a true representation of all of the damage that has occurred beneath the surface. It’s important for you to seek medical care. Warming up your feet and toes needs to be cautiously, as it can be dangerous to heat up your feet for too long or at too high of a temperature.

Protecting Feet in the WinterFrostbite will typically start out with skin conditions that are completely reversible and have no blistering.  If left untreated, it will then progress to blistering on the skin, eventually leading to conditions that are no longer reversible. When working or playing outside, take this precautionary measure: If your skin is starting to hurt or burn, go inside so that you can warm up and not cause further damage.

If you are still having problems with your skin after you have been inside for a while, you should either see your podiatrist or go to the emergency room. Frostbite requires fast treatment and you don’t want to delay on something that could cause you long lasting problems. After you have been treated, you should see your podiatrist to talk about the extra care you are going to have to give to your toes and feet, because frostbite can have long lasting changes to your skin that can act up during the wintertime in the future.  For more information about frostbite and other winter foot concerns, contact Dr. Mitchell Wachtel. He and his friendly staff will take the time to listen to you, address your concerns, and get you on the path to healthy, happy feet. Contact him online today to schedule an appointment at one of his three locations in North Andover, Haverhill, and Lowell.

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Dr. Mitchell Wachtel
Dr. Mitchell Wachtel is a North Andover podiatrist who specializes in the treatment of the feet and ankles.
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