Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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Houghton, MI 49931 US




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Posts for: February, 2013

By Daniel Reminga
February 11, 2013
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The snow is falling and the world around us looks like a winter wonderland.

On a crisp winter day we often times want to get out and enjoy winter sports, take a walk and hear the crunch of snow underfoot, or we just want to get out and avoid cabin fever. Even though the thermometer plummets, winter has its allure.

With winter in full swing, foot frostbite can be a cold-related emergency. Dr. Daniel Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center in Houghton, MI says, “Frostbite is not to be taken lightly. It can affect the feet, hands, nose, cheeks, and ears. The effects of frostbite can occur in minutes. Even if the temperature is above freezing, the wind chills can cause temperatures to become dangerous.” Dr. Reminga goes on to say, “There are two different types of frostbite, superficial and deep frostbite. Superficial frostbite injures the skin and the tissue that lies just beneath the skin. This type of frostbite doesn’t cause permanent damage to the injured tissue. Deep frostbite, however, penetrates the skin and can affect the muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. As a result, tissue death may occur, otherwise known as gangrene.”

When our bodies are exposed to cold we try and preserve heat. The blood vessels near the surface of the skin narrow allowing more blood to flow to our core keeping the heart and lungs warm. Our bodies react this way to prevent hypothermia. When this occurs, our extremities, hands and feet, receive less blood causing them to become cold. In the beginning stages of frostbite our blood vessels alternate between widening and narrowing. The body is trying to keep the extremities as warm as possible. When conditions become extreme, the vessels stop widening. With the lack of circulation, and the blood flowing away from the extremities, ice crystals can form around and within the cells, resulting in cell damage.

When it comes to foot frostbite, Dr. Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist, says, “The warning signs of frostbite are numbness or tingling followed by pain. The skin on the feet will first turn red and tender, and then the skin will turn white and become pale, hard, and cold with a waxy appearance. A burning sensation and swelling may last for weeks. Blisters are also common initially and after several weeks a black scab-like crust will form.” If you experience the warning signs of frostbite to your feet, get indoors right away. First, remove your shoes and socks carefully. Then slowly place your feet in lukewarm water, never hot water. If you can’t get to water, wrap your feet in blankets. Don’t put your feet on top of a stove, radiator, or too close to a fireplace. Because your feet are numb from frostbite, you may not realize you’re being burned. Lastly, and this is very important, do not rub your frostbitten feet. As the feeling in your feet gradually returns, start wiggling your toes. If pain persists, seek professional care immediately.

 In Dr. Reminga’s blog, Frostbite Part 2, he will tell us who is a likely candidate for frostbite. If you have questions or you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Daniel Reminga,

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