Trench foot


Many treatment and prevention measures for trench foot are the same, these include:

  • Keeping feet clean and dry
  • Changing socks and shoes whenever they get wet
  • Elevating the feet whenever possible (this will help prevent new wounds and blisters)
  • Avoiding sleeping in socks, removing socks to air-dry feet when possible
  • Treating any affected part of the foot or leg by soaking in warm water for approximately five minutes (the temperature of the water should be between 102 and 110 F).
  • Applying heat packs to the affected area every five minutes as a means of slowly re-warming the foot
  • Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen, as prescribed for pain and swelling
  • Examine the feet often for signs of infection or for worsening of the tissue breakdown
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible

For neuropathic pain (nerve pain), your healthcare provider may prescribe amitryptiline or other medications.

If gangrene occurs, amputation of the extremity may be required to prevent further progression of the disease, and to keep serious consequences (such as sepsis or death) from occurring.

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