How To Recognize and Treat Frostbite

We are right in the middle of the coldest winter we have had in awhile in New Jersey and the rest of the East Coast is feeling the same freeze. When the temperatures drop, most people stay inside with lots of blankets and some hot cocoa. But a number end up in their local doctors office or emergency room with frostbite.

Frostbite

Frostbite is the most common type of freezing injury and occurs when fluids freeze and crystalize in the interstitial and cellular spaces, which are the spaces in and around skin cells.

DID YOU KNOW?: Wet feet + cold will accelerate the process. Be sure to wear water resistant or waterproof footwear to keep out the snow and change your socks when they are wet!

The doctors at Cornerstone Foot and Ankle want you know how to keep you and your loved ones safe and warm, so here is the quick info on frostbite.

Causes – Prolonged exposure to cold. When the temperatures drop, limit your outside time to necessary trips, and make sure you and your loved ones are dressed appropriately. Exposed skin can become frostbitten VERY quickly!

Safety Tip: Pets can also get frostbite. Make sure Fido limits outside trips as well.

Signs – Numbness, tingling, and a burning sensation to the skin. If you are experiencing these symptoms, get indoors as quickly as possible.

Treatment – For mild frostbite, get inside and begin to warm the area. If you notice skin changes such as blistering or a persistant color change, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Cornerstone Foot and Ankle is happy to offer same day and emergency appointments and weekend availability to meet your needs! Make an Appointment Request today!