Trench foot, also known as immersion foot syndrome, is a type of non-freezing cold injury. It develops when feet are cold and wet for a long time and affects the skin. In severe cases, it may require amputation.

Trench foot got its name during the First World War (1914-1918) when around 75,000 British and 2,000 American soldiers developed the condition after spending long periods of time in the cold, wet trenches on the front line.

Later, sailors serving during World War II (1939-1945) also developed the condition, and there are reports of it being experienced by homeless people today.

Fast facts on trench foot:

  • Preparing properly for cold, outdoor activities can prevent trench foot.
  • In severe cases, the condition can affect the toes, heel, or whole foot.
  • Typically, trench foot develops after being exposed to conditions for 1 to 2 days.
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<p>Trench foot or immersion foot is a type of tissue damage caused by prolonged exposure to cold and wet conditions. It leads to swelling, pain, and sensory disturbances in the feet. It can lead to damage to the blood vessels, nerves, skin, and muscle.</p>
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Military personnel are most likely to be affected by trench foot.