Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

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Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by ddcccdddd » February 5th, 2021, 10:47 am

Early on dubbed "COVID-toes" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/heal ... d-toe.html but later found to be not directly linked to COVID infection: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7239780/ and found to be basically the result of staying at home, barefoot or in socks in cold climates. Search interest https://trends.google.com/trends/explor ... chilblains seems to confirm this - picking up again in cold weather months, mostly in cold climates.

Really annoying for me, been wearing slippers and socks and such but still getting these. Had them in March when it was cold and lockdown first started, and they're coming back again as I'm in a cold northern hemisphere climate and it's winter.

Anybody else getting these?

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Re: Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by Ripples » February 5th, 2021, 11:06 pm

I live in a cold northern climate above the 45th parallel, but no chilblain problems. I do wear SmartWool socks and Birkenstock sandals while at home, but also leave my home to shop, snow blow my drive, and hike outdoors.

Perhaps you should try a thicker and warmer sock, such as SmartWool, to see if that solves the problem.

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Re: Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by ddcccdddd » February 6th, 2021, 9:56 am

Ripples wrote:
February 5th, 2021, 11:06 pm
I live in a cold northern climate above the 45th parallel, but no chilblain problems. I do wear SmartWool socks and Birkenstock sandals while at home, but also leave my home to shop, snow blow my drive, and hike outdoors.

Perhaps you should try a thicker and warmer sock, such as SmartWool, to see if that solves the problem.

I will give that a shot. I currently wear wool socks but they are some random Amazon brand

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Re: Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by MiddleAgeCRISIS » February 6th, 2021, 8:10 pm

I have had gout attacks from a combination of weight loss, dehydration and cold feet. Keep them tootsies toasty!

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Re: Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by Ripples » February 7th, 2021, 5:47 pm

ddcccdddd wrote:
February 6th, 2021, 9:56 am
Ripples wrote:
February 5th, 2021, 11:06 pm
I live in a cold northern climate above the 45th parallel, but no chilblain problems. I do wear SmartWool socks and Birkenstock sandals while at home, but also leave my home to shop, snow blow my drive, and hike outdoors.

Perhaps you should try a thicker and warmer sock, such as SmartWool, to see if that solves the problem.

I will give that a shot. I currently wear wool socks but they are some random Amazon brand
Check out Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks. They're 74% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 1% Elastane. I have a couple of pair and they're super warm and very soft inside. Hopefully you can find a shop and physically examine them. If not, you can order them online at socksaddict dot com.

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Re: Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by nates » February 23rd, 2021, 8:44 pm

My wife is one of those adamant no shoes ever in the house types. Plantar fasciitis is killing me. I need to get a pair of shoes that never leave the house. But they invariably end up just being my next newest pair of shoes and I'm back to square one.

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Re: Chilblains ("COVID-toes") due to staying at home

Post by chicagoal » February 26th, 2021, 5:36 pm

nates wrote:
February 23rd, 2021, 8:44 pm
My wife is one of those adamant no shoes ever in the house types. Plantar fasciitis is killing me. I need to get a pair of shoes that never leave the house. But they invariably end up just being my next newest pair of shoes and I'm back to square one.
For plantar fasciitis I found the Foot Wheel massager a near-miraculous cure. People also report good results from rolling hard balls under their feet or even cans of soup, but I thought the kinda sharp center wheel on the Foot Wheel really dug into the tissue and somehow 'fixed' it.

BTW I have had chilblains for several years, and got them the regular way: by over-heating my toes when they'd gotten very cold. I was working on a TV pilot, exterior shoot in the winter, wearing boots but still quite cold. When we broke for 'lunch' (probably on an all night shoot) I put little 'toe warmer' packets into the toe boxes of the boots. Next day toes were red and itchy. This comes back most winters whether I get them cold or not.

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