MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Avoid Frostbite

To help us take care of our feet this winter, Dan Michaels, DPM shared some tips on how to avoid frostbite. Easier said than done, right? Not really, explains Dr. Michaels. To keep frostbite far, far away from your toes, limit your time outdoors to a minimum.
“Don’t wear anything too tight, including shoes, because tight clothing increases risk of frostbite. If you start to experience redness and/or a stinging, burning, throbbing, or a prickling feeling, head indoors fast and use warm water to help bring feelings back to normal,” he says. As an additional preventive measure, Dr. Michaels recommends staying hydrated and limiting alcohol consumption, since both alcohol and dehydration can lead to greater risk of frostbite.