What was the cause of your case of frostbite, and what areas were affected? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: cheri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

Both my feet were affected by frostbite. Here's what happened: In January of 2006, a water main in our neighborhood broke and our basement got the brunt of it. We were in an emergency situation and in shock. I put on my rubber boots and went downstairs to see what I could rescue, and to start bailing. It was a few hours before I couldn't feel my feet anymore and I realized that, in my rush to attend to this emergency, I'd forgotten to put socks on. I put some socks on then, but the damage was done. Within three months, my feet would swell up to the point that it hurt to walk on them and, for about five months, my ankles were the size of my calves. It would take eighteen months for seven of my ten toe nails to fall off completely and to start growing back (which they all did). My feet were never properly treated by my PCP (primary care physician), it took so long for the symptoms to come to light and the nails to fall off, and I'd never had frostbite before so I had no clue what was happening; the PCP was absolutely useless. I sought alternative treatment, a podiatrist said she thought I was an athlete because my feet looked like they'd been through torture, and she accurately pinpointed the date of the trauma based on the look of my toe nails. I've had some relief but the pain twelve years later is almost unbearable at times and even worse when I think or talk about it (so I avoid it). I don't want to take pills every day, rather, I've developed exercises that help keep the circulation moving and arthritis from setting in and taking over, and, for ease on my joints, I keep my weight in check. This frostbite situation completely changed my life. I was a yoga teacher, teaching for over twenty years when it happened. Post frostbite, my feet were in such pain that I stopped teaching altogether. By now I know that the damage is permanent, it's just a question of how to manage the symptoms.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

Maybe five years or so, I used to walk my dog. Somehow I must have gotten frost bite on the toe, as it was blue for a long time. It finally healed, but to this day every time I am in cold it goes numb, and the next day it is always painful.


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