What are Chilblains

Chilblains are painful sores on the end of the lesser toes and sometimes fingers.

Chilblains are usually seen in the colder months, and are typically preceded by the toes ‘tingling’ and feeling ‘numb’ and ‘itchy’

Causes of chilblains

  • Vascular hypersensitivty (Raynauds Phenomenon)


  • Raynauds Phenomenon


Complications of chilblains 

  • Pain
  • Ulceration
  • Infection


Treatment of chilblains

  • Avoid extreme temperature changes – very hot showers and very cold floors
  • Thick woolen socks
  • Wax baths
  • Nifedipine Compound Cream
  • Haemorrhoid cream (Rectogesic)



Call The Foot and Ankle Centre for further advice on professional management and treatment options.