As the seasons shift from winter to spring we are lucky to have some gloriously sunny days, the downside of which is the very cold nights and mornings. This is the type of weather that brings people to the Podiatrist with chilblains.

Chilblains mainly affects the toes, fingers, nose and ears. They look like patches of dark red/ purple skin that are itchy and sore. These patches can ulcerate and crack, leaving them vulnerable to infection.

 

Chilblains are an altered  response to very cold temperatures. Normally in cold temperatures  the body will limit the circulation to the extremities by restricting the blood