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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.

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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. Severe cases can result in loss of employment and leave individuals limited in their ability to partake in physical activities.

Read more (University of Oxford website)