Trench Foot

Trench Foot

Trench Foot is a condition caused by prolonged exposure to damp, cold, unsanitary conditions.  The foot become numbs, changes colour, swells and starts to smell due to damage to the skin, blood vessels and nerves in the feet.

It can take three to six months to fully recover and prompt treatment is essential to prevent gangrene and possible foot amputation.

It is most commonly associated with the trench soldiers in the First World War where it affected approximately twenty thousand soldiers in the British Army alone in the winter of 1914-15.