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Trench foot, First World War

Trench foot, First World War

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HEALTH AND MEDICINE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Trench foot, First World War. This condition was caused by the prolonged exposure to damp, cold and unsanitary conditions, experienced by soldiers fighting in the trenches in World War One (1914-1918). The condition involved the foot going numb as the blood supply began to be affected, leading to swelling, a foul odour, and open sores. If treated in time, complete recovery was possible. If left untreated, gangrene could develop, and the foot would be amputated.

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