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Trench Foot/Immersion Foot

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rench Foot/Immersion Foot
– a medical condition caused by prolonged exposure of the feet to damp and cold. Trench Foot was given its current name after it was found frequently among World War I troops who had been confined for long periods in trenches filled with standing water. Immersion foot describes a more severe variant of trench foot usually seen in downed pilots and shipwrecked Sailors (see figures 7a and 7b).


- Prolonged exposure to wet and cold conditions or outright immersion of feet in water at 32-50° F

- Condition can occur on hands due to damp or cold gloves

Signs and Symptoms (EARLY)


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