Four Common (Yet Preventable!) Winter-time Foot Injuries

It’s finally beginning to feel like winter in Tennessee! The Christmas season, the anticipation of the first snowfall, and winter activities like skiing and sledding make this “the most wonderful time of year” for many. However, it’s important to remember lower temperatures can be hard on the extremities, especially the feet.

Avoid these common cold weather injuries, and enjoy your holiday season to the fullest!


Also known as chilblains, Pernio is caused by exposing your toes and feet to cold weather. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures causes the small capillaries in the toes to spasm, which then causes blistering, redness, pain and itching. Continued exposure can even cause open ulceration.

How to prevent Pernio
Protecting your feet from the cold and snow with warm, thick socks and well-insulated, closed-toe shoe gear can help to prevent Pernio.

Dry, cracked heels

This condition is particularly common for men. If left untreated, skin can become so dry that fissures (splits or cracks) develop.

Preventing dry, cracking skin
Simply moisturizing your feet everyday with an effective, concentrated moisturizer, such as Kamea cream, can prevent and treat this condition. Please do not hesitate to ask your doctor about this product or others that may help you if you are suffering from dry, cracked heels.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Raynaud’s Phenonemnon is a symptom of multiple diseases that is aggravated by cold weather. It’s mostly seen in the female population & occurs when the toes (or fingers) are exposed to the cold, causing the small capillaries in your digits to spasm, leading to numbness, color change and pain.

How to Prevent Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Wearing warm socks (or gloves) as well as avoiding cold stimulus can help to control Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Avoiding caffeine and tobacco can also help to control this symptom, because these substances cause your capillaries to dilate, which increases sensitivity in your extremities.

Injuries from falls

Due to the snow and ice, falls are more common during the winter than any other season – leading to a variety of both minor & serious injuries.

Avoiding injuries from falls
It’s important to remember to wear non-slip tennis shoes or boots that fit properly during slick & icy conditions

If you’re suffering from any of these common issues, or have any other foot or ankle ailments please feel free contact us today and schedule an appointment. One of Advanced Foot & Ankle’s podiatric specialists will take care of you at any of our four locations in Middle Tennessee!