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Why are my toes red and white?

Have you been out in the cold? If so, protect your feet from further cold exposure and seek medical attention immediately—red and white toes are a sign that you may have frostbite, a very serious condition (especially if ice crystals have begun to form in skin or deeper tissues).

Red toes are a sign of frostbiteFrostbite is most common in extremities, such as toes, fingers, ears, and noses, which are far from the core, receive less circulation, and are more frequently exposed to icy conditions. You don’t have to be in Antarctica to experience it, either—it can strike in ordinary Cincinnati winter temps, especially in windy conditions or if your skin is exposed or wet. Lack of pain isn’t a reliable indicator, either, since the skin may be too numb to notice.

If you need assistance with your winter foot care, trust Greater Cincinnati’s foot experts: Family Foot and Ankle Center. Call us at (513) 728-4800 in Ohio or (859) 282-1572 in Kentucky to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.