Chilblains are small itchy swellings on the skin, which can become painful over time. They are a localised form of vasculitis, which is an inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin. They can look like red or purple discoloured areas of skin, and commonly affect the toes, soles of the feet and the backs of the heels.
What are the most common problems with chilblains?
Chilblains can be very itchy and painful and if left untreated, can swell and dry out, leaving cracks in the skin that can expose the foot to infection.
How do these problems arise?
Chilblains are caused by the skin’s abnormal reaction to cold. The tiny blood vessels in the feet and other extremities constrict and become narrow.
How can they be treated?
Various measures can be taken which aim to increase the temperature of the affected area during cold weather as well as improving circulation in the lower legs and feet.
When should they be checked by a podiatrist?
If you have recurring chilblains it is recommended that you see a podiatrist.
How can Total Care Podiatry help you?
At Total Care Podiatry, we can tailor a treatment plan which is specific to your individual condition in order to reduce the effect chilblains are having in your life.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.