Trench Foot: How To Handle It Before It Handles You


Trench Foot is not just debilitating and painful; left untreated it can lead to infection, which can lead to any number of ailments, including gangrene.

Taking care of your feet on a prolonged hike or even in your daily routine is critically important.

How can you prevent trench foot?

The key to preventing trench foot is simple in theory. Keep your feet dry. The hard part is doing this as a habit and may be even more difficult if you are on the run or being pursued. Here are a few tips you can employ to help you.

• Keep your feet dry and clean – Easier said than done. When you are hot, your feet sweat. When you have to cross water, your feet get wet or if you are forced to hike through rain, snow or wet grass. Assume your feet will get wet, but you can buy footwear and socks that help that condition. You can purchase waterproof boots and moisture wicking socks. When you stop, make sure you take your socks off and check your feet. If your socks are wet, allow your feet to dry Use foot powder if you have it and treat any blisters before they get worse.

• Change your socks often – This simple act could do more good than almost anything else. Put on dry (a different pair) socks when you stop to take a break. You can hang the wet ones on your pack to dry out. Some people recommend two pairs, but I would say three are better so you can hopefully clean one pair too. Roll your socks inside out so you can keep up with what has been worn.

• Let feet air out – Allow your feet to breathe and dry as long as possible especially if you are experiencing symptoms. Lying down will help with circulation. Again, if you are in a pursuit/combat situation, you don’t want to go to sleep with your shoes off, but for the rest of us, keeping your feet dry and healthy is easier than dealing with injury and infection. If the weather is very cold, you will have to adjust this, because you don’t want frostbite either.

Any situation you face that requires prolonged exposure to water or hiking can lead to many different types of foot ailments and of them all, Trench Foot is the worst.

By implementing the easy but critical steps above you can avoid most foot ailments and most importantly, eliminate the chances you catch Trench Foot to zero.

For ideas on what you should keep in your first aid kit to treat foot ailments, visit US Crisis Preppers.



  1. Danny Eberg said:

    Water poof boots are not enough , water gets in from the top of the boots .

  2. Daniel Hodge said:

    Good article 🙂 common sense but if you don’t think about it you will forget

  3. Evan Cohrs said:

    @[100000877308159:2048:Nathan Hersil] @[100002789816843:2048:Jerry Hersil] you can always just wear crocs, right? *wink wink*

  4. Joe Kane said:

    Urinate on your foot and keep clean and dry …always bring an extra pair of socks

  5. William Sills said:

    It is.
    WWI plenty lost their feet once the skin sluffed off and infection set in.