The first areas of the body to feel the effects of poor cold weather preparation are your hands and feet. Even if you have state-of-the-art shoe wear and good thick socks, you can still develop foot problems if you skimp on protective gear. For example, not wearing well insulated and wind-resistant clothing will cause a loss of body heat which will result in a constriction of blood vessels in the arms and legs. This causes the hands and feet to become more sensitive to the effects of cold. Sweating or exposure to moisture can cause even more problems, since it will increase heat loss and also make the skin more prone to dermatitis.
Everyone has heard of frostbite but there are a few other cold-weather conditions that can cause foot problems. Some common symptoms these conditions may share are: stinging or pain in toes, skin color changes such as reddening, itchiness, or swelling.
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