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(HealthDay News) -- When the temperature dips well below freezing and the wind chill plummets, frostbite is a real concern. It can cause permanent tissue damage.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says these people are at greatest risk of developing frostbite:
The very young and very old, and those who have prolonged exposure to cold.
People who are wet, and those who aren't properly dressed to protect against cold weather.
People with circulation problems, such as those with diabetes or hardening of the arteries.
People who have had a previous cold-related injury.
People taking medications that affect blood flow to the skin, or those who use alcohol or nicotine.