This article provides invaluable information on immersion foot, a condition that predominantly affects military personnel. We cover how this injury is sustained and what effects it can have on a victim. In addition, we explain the potential avenues of compensation available to those impacted by this condition.

Immersion foot, also known as immersion syndrome, can occur when an individual’s feet are immersed in water at ambient temperature for extended periods of time. This is a particularly common illness in military personnel, especially those with prolonged exposure to water during marine operations.

Extended periods of wet clothing also pose a risk. The primary symptoms of immersion foot are swelling and skin discoloration, often accompanied by blisters, lesions, tingling and a feeling of heaviness. Even mild cases of immersion foot can be very uncomfortable and potentially create long-term skin problems.

For military personnel, immersion foot can be incredibly inconvenient and dangerous. It can affect operations, morale and the ability to carry out physical tasks. If left untreated, this condition can lead to gangrene, which can be life threatening. Therefore, it is important for personnel to be aware of how to recognize the early signs and symptoms and to get treated immediately.


1. Prickling, tingling, or itching in the feet.

2. Painful sensations that worsen when the feet are exposed to warmth.

3. Redness, soreness, swelling and blisters on the feet.

4. Softening of skin on the soles of the feet.

5. Skin discolouration of the feet (turns blue-grey or yellow-white).

6. Loss of sensation in the feet.

7. Cracking or wrinkling of the skin on feet.

8. Dry and scaly skin on the feet.

9. Infection of the skin on the feet.

10. Difficulty walking due to pain or numbness.

Source: Healthline

Immersion foot can be caused by a variety of conditions, including standing in water for an extended period of time, wearing ill-fitting or improperly ventilated shoes, or being exposed to wet and cold environments for extended periods of time.

The most common cause is wearing non-breathable shoes or boots that trap moisture, keeping the feet wet and eventually leading to skin maceration and bacterial or fungal infections in the feet. If left untreated, immersion foot can lead to the breakdown of the skin and even necrosis (tissue death).

If you are exposed to a wet or humid environment, there are a few steps you can take to help prevent immersion foot. First, make sure to wear proper, waterproof footwear that fits well and isn’t too tight. Additionally, be sure to change and dry your socks often.

Keep your feet dry as much as possible by avoiding tight boots and practising foot hygiene, washing your feet at least twice daily and keeping your toenails short and clean. Finally, be sure to rest your feet and avoid exercise or activities that can create further moisture build-up or chafing.

The team at Military Claims UK understands the devastating effects of immersion foot (or trench foot) endured while serving in the armed forces. We are here to help you with expert advice and solicitors to claim compensation for the pain and suffering that this has caused. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

You will need to provide evidence of your injury, such as medical records and statements from other veterans or military personnel that witnessed the incident. It is important to accurately describe the incident and its effects.

Once you have the required evidence, you can begin the claims process. The claim will then be assessed, and if accepted, you will be eligible to receive a lump sum compensation.

For more information on claiming compensation for a non-freezing cold injury sustained while in the armed forces, you can contact us via email at: or contact us here.

Our experienced solicitors specialize in military injury law. We are proud to offer professional legal services and expertise to those in need. Our team is well-versed in the complexities of the field, allowing us to provide our clients with the highest quality legal support and representation.