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Trench Foot

Trench foot, also known as immersion foot syndrome, is a serious condition resulting from prolonged exposure of the feet to moisture. It damages the circulation and nerve function in the feet. Its history goes back to World War I when soldiers in cold, wet trenches suffered from it due to wearing inadequate footwear. The symptoms of trench foot include blisters, blotchy skin, redness, and possibly tissue loss. It can also cause sensations such as coldness, numbness, and persistent itching. Trench foot is primarily caused by wet feet that do not dry properly, with temperatures that are 30˚F to 40˚F being most conducive. Early treatment is essential, and, if left untreated, trench foot can lead to severe complications such as amputations, gangrene, and permanent nerve damage. Diagnosis involves a physical examination by a doctor to assess injuries, tissue loss, and circulation. Treatment mainly consists of rest, elevation, pain medications, and keeping the feet clean and dry. Prevention includes keeping feet dry, having spare socks and shoes on hand, and airing out feet after wearing socks and shoes, even if they do not appear wet. If you have sustained prolonged exposure of your feet to moisture and have symptoms that are worsening, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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