What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself from getting them.

What are Chilblains

Chilblains are painful inflammations of of toes or parts of the foot.

Chilblains, or pernio, are sensitive areas on toes in response to cold weather exposure. The small blood vessels in the skin of your toes become inflamed and painful. Chilblains typically occur in cold but not sub-freezing temperatures. So Fall and Spring are high seasons for Chilblains.

Common signs of chilblains include itching sensations, red areas, swelling, or blistering. Chilblains are not critical on their own, but they can lead to problematic infections.

What Causes Chilblains

Most podiatrist and doctors trace the roots of Chilblains to fluctuations between hot and cold temperatures with water in the area. Small blood vessels tighten near the surface of your skin in reaction to cold weather. Then these same vessels expand in response to warm temperatures. When the transition occurs too quickly, blood can seep out into the nearby skin causing inflammation and swelling.

Chilblains impact people to varying degrees of severity. Some additional risk factors include:

  • Living in a damp climate
  • Being female
  • Smoking
  • Having circulation issues

What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Have no fear; there is help for you! The main contributors to developing chilblains are poor circulation and exposure to wet/cold. You can prevent chilblains by:

  • Dress in layers
  • Keep skin protected from the cold
  • Maintain a consistent temperature
  • Keep your feet dry and warm
  • Avoid smoking

If you already have a chilblain, you can treat the problem. Apply lotion to the affected area to soothe any irritation or itching.

If you think you have chilblains, reach out to Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.

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Blisters Can Be a Bummer

They are fluid-filled bubbles that result from poorly-fitted shoes, excessive moisture or chemical exposure. Other causes are frostbite, sunburn, allergic reactions and fungal infections.

Exercising your Feet

In order to improve your overall foot health, it is wise to exercise your feet every day. Walking is wonderful for your feet since the motion extends your foot from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes.

Walking on Flat Feet

If you suspect that you have flat feet, chances are you are progressively developing a deformity that could affect the way you walk, exercise and more. Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers treats flat feet often, a foot deformity that leaves the sole of your feet resting flat on the ground.
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