Be careful and protect your feet!

January 7, 2010 —

Believe it or not, just 5 minutes of walking in this freezing weather can be exceptionally dangerous for your feet if they are not well protected.

Did you know that people who have itchy, burning, painful feet may actually not have oft-heard-of athlete’s foot but actually something called chilblains? After being in the cold for no longer than 5 minutes at a time, even just walking to the car and to school, you may experience early symptoms of potential frostbite.

So what should you do to control the pain? It would seem practical to dip your freezing feet in a tub of hot water or let them sit under a heater but this may actually aggravate the pain. What you want to do is to slowly, emphasis on slowly, warm up your feet with socks and blankets. It is best to see your podiatric doc (we have several at the DMU Foot and Ankle Institute) so they can evaluate the severity and educate you on protecting your feet during this nasty cold weather.

Stay safe!

Tea Nguyen is a dual degree D.P.M./M.P.H. student at DMU. She was born in Utah but raised in California and left the great state to be at one of the best podiatry school in the country.

She has aspirations in international medical service trips and hopes to hit several continents during this lifetime. Traveling is also on the top of her to-do list and she often reminisces about her prior travels to Italy, France and Greece. She also enjoys eating adventures with her boyfriend Paul and is a major food-snacker. It is not uncommon to find her lapsed in a food coma in the middle of her studies.


  • Joey Greene

    Especially in this kind of weather, we should be more careful with our feet because the humidity can infect our feet with toenail fungus