Preparing to survive if the world turns to crap.
*Update: Mini 14 Owner commented and suggested Liner Socks. Thanks! Suggestion noted.
When you hear trench foot, you think about World War 1. Or, if you're not a passing student of history (which you should be, because history repeats and it's good to know what may be coming), you might not know what trench foot is.
Fine then, I'll show you a picture of trench foot. Hope you're not eating lunch:
Trench foot is a nasty condition that basically causes your feet to turn gangrenous and die, requiring amputation in some cases. Trench foot is defined by Wikipedia as:
Trench foot is a medical condition caused by prolonged exposure of the feet to damp, unsanitary, and cold conditions. It is one of many immersion foot syndromes. The use of the word "trench" in the name of this condition is a reference to trench warfare, mainly associated with World War I.
So you may be wondering how this applies to you. After all, this isn't world war 1, and you probably won't be doing any trench warfare. While this is true, it's also true that if TSHTF you probably won't have such things as central heating, a watertight house, laundry facilities, access to stores to buy new clothes on a regular basis, etc.
What you might be doing is slogging through wet, dirt, and mud for hours, days or weeks on end looking for things like food, water and shelter. Even if you do have shelter, you'll probably still be slogging through the mud looking for food, or planting crops, or even possibly evading not so nice people who are looking to take by force (we don't like these people, especially those who prep with only guns to make this a reality. Jerks).
So what exactly causes trench foot? Wikipedia says:
Trench foot occurs when feet are cold and damp while wearing constricting footwear. Unlike frostbite, trench foot does not require freezing temperatures and can occur in temperatures up to 60° Fahrenheit (about 16° Celsius). The condition can occur with as little as thirteen hours' exposure. The mechanism of tissue damage is not fully understood. Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis has long been regarded as a contributory cause.
This follows that as part of your preps, you need to take steps to ensure that you prevent trench foot. This is accomplished by keeping your feet warm and dry, as the causes for trench foot are cold, wet constricted feet. Here is what I am doing/planning:
So yea, basically keep your feet warm and dry. Last thing I want is trench foot, especially the advanced stages that leave your feet twisted black stumps. That would probably really put a damper in your ability to survive. Also, if you have any other ideas of keeping your feet warm and dry while you are out and about, I'd love to hear them.