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
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.