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Hi it’s Medical Monday
Today’s topic is: FEET
Okay, confession time. I hate feet. People have all sorts of nasty feet because they don’t take care of them. I vomit in my mouth a little every time I have to treat a patient with disgusting feet. So I’m going to share with you how to keep your feet pretty, which is very valuable in a Zompoc !!
First off, in your Bug Out Bag, please pack 3 pairs of socks at a minimum. One for your feet, another to be drying out on your pack as you are walking (those are from yesterday), and a spare in case you can’t dry the ones from yesterday because it is raining. Keeping your feet dry is VERY important. Immersion foot (aka Trench Foot) is caused by your feet experiencing repeated and prolonged exposure to wet conditions (e.g., you are trekking through a swamp and when you get to the other side you don’t stop to change your shoes and you keep going for a few hours). If you can afford them, get the socks that wick moisture away from your feet to keep them extra dry!
Fresh socks mean dry feet, which can save your life. What happens when your feet get too moist? Well, look at the pictures.
The layers of your skin separate and will eventually peel off. In English: the callous of your foot comes off. Why is that important? Your feet are now more tender and you wont be able to walk as far. And the skin will blister more easily without the protective callous. This means, you have to wait a few days to about a month (depending on the severity) until you can hike again. Not good when you are trying to escape zombies.
I also recommend keeping a bottle of anti fungal foot powder in your bug out bag too. You can put a little of the powder in a plastic zip lock. The powder will help keep moisture down (but can clump so don’t put too much in the shoe!!) and it can protect you from athlete’s foot (which thrives in a moist, warm environment).
If you have no choice and have to keep going, what will happen? You can get a nasty bacterial or fungal infection because of all the tissue damage done to your feet. You can even get both at the same time. There is a possibility your foot will get gangrene. This=bad. You need to make time to stop and rest when your footwear is wet in order to avoid losing a foot (or both).
Toenails. They need to be trimmed (while dry!) and kept at a good length. Don’t cut them so short that there is no white lines of the nail, as this can cause an ingrown toenail. Don’t let them get too long either, as they can wear away at your shoes , put holes in socks, and cause a host of other problems. They need to be cut in a straight line. Circular cuts create ingrown toenails.
Moral of the Story: Keep Your Feet Pretty