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By Daniel Reminga
March 13, 2013
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March is a lovely month to get out and enjoy the end of winter sports. The sun is more prevalent and the days are longer. Skiing, snowmobiling and just getting out for a walk is refreshing. Even though winter is winding to a close, it is important to be aware of frostbite. In Dr. Reminga’s blog, Frostbite Part 1, he told us about frostbite, how to recognize it and how to avoid getting it. In Part 2, Dr. Reminga will tell us who is a candidate for frostbite.

Who is at risk for frostbite?


Consider these factors:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Very young age
  • Very old age
  • Peripheral vascular disease (the narrowing of blood vessels in the extremities)
  • Poor circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Participate in winter sports (especially at high altitudes)
  • Smoking
  • Previous frostbite
  • Working outdoors
  • Taking beta-blockers (relaxes the blood vessels)
  • Heavy alcohol consumption, Intoxication
  • Constricting clothing
  • Constricting footwear
  • Windy or wet weather
  • Dehydration


Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, says, “In our area, we have long cold winters, however, spring can be cold as well in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Everyone needs to be aware of the risks when being outside during these cold months. Once a person has frostbite, the outlook depends on how deep the tissue injury ranges. Most often, complete recovery is possible, however, in extreme cases amputation can result.”

There are possible complications that can result from frostbite:

  • Pain when using the affected area
  • Change in skin color of the affected area
  • Arthritis
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Abnormal nail growth in the affected area
  • Skin cancer
  • Profuse sweating


Dr. Reminga, says, “The effects of frostbite are not always immediately noticed. Once a person has frostbite, the patient needs to be monitored to determine if there will be any long term effects. This monitoring may require observation for weeks or even months after the initial occurrence. The long term symptoms include, pain, numbness, swelling, and nail deformities.”

If you or someone you know has been exposed to the cold and exhibits symptoms of frostbite, it is important to seek help right away. Dr. Reminga at Northern Foot Care Center can address your concerns regarding frostbite.

At Northern Foot Care Center your feet are Dr. Reminga’s priority. Dr. Reminga is board certified in the foot and ankle, so rest assured, you are in good hands when you make an appointment to see Dr. Reminga. If you have questions or you would like to make an appointment …

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