Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In the mountain areas of Middle Asia an old way to keep the lower part of the body warm in extremely cold temperatures was to cut a hole in the floor (approx. 60 × 60 × 60 cm) and burn specially prepared coals. A square wooden table called a sandal was placed over this hole and covered with a large, warm blanket with the ends trailing on the floor. People sat around the table and warmed their feet under the blanket. Accidents did happen with the most common sandal burn involving damage to not only skin of the extremities but also underlying tissue. Many resulted in scar tissue (keloids). The practice is still used today in mountainous areas and many reported injuries involve children (25% to 33% of all the patients hospitalized with burns).