Chilblains are a painful itchy reaction mostly n the toes to a too rapid change in temperature from cold to hot.
They usually appear initially as painful, reddish itchy lesions that later become a darker or blueish color that may breakdown. If not protected they can become infected.
The best treatment for chilblains is to prevent them from happening in the first place by keeping the feet warm and not letting them get cold. If they do get cold, then they need to be warmed up slowly and gradually. If a chilblain does develop, then a cream to stimulate the circulation can be used. It is important that they are protected and not allowed to develop into an infection.
This new video from PodChatLive is a really good discussion on chilblains:
Most Useful Resources:
Chilblains (Foot Health Forum)
Chilblains (Podiatry Arena)
Chilblains / perniosis (Podiatry Arena)
Chilblains (Pernio; perniosis) (ePodiatry)
Chilblains (Foot Health Friday)
Beetroot juice for chilblains? ….. say what? (Its a Foot)
Chilblains Season is Here (Croydon Total Footcare)