Understanding root cause of 'trench foot' opens way for new treatments
The physical cause of trench foot has been uncovered more than 100 years after the painful and debilitating condition was first identified in the First World War. Non-freezing cold injury, better known as 'trench foot' when first described during the First World War, can permanently damage hands and feet, causing chronic pain and long-lasting numbness and tingling sensations. A characteristic feature is that subsequent exposure to cool conditions may lead to a dramatic worsening of symptoms.
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