CP and cold hands and feet

Another result of having Cerebral Palsy is that we may struggle with circulation and cold feet. As a child, I suffered with chilblains throughout the winter months. I know it’s not just something that affects me.

PVD (peripheral vascular disease) as it is called, is the terminology given to a collection of conditions where those conditions result in an imbalance of circulation of blood to the feet and legs. The most likely causes include Cerebral Palsy; Diabetes; Muscular Dystrophy; Multiple Sclerosis; Raynauld disease and Arthritis.

Below are some home remedies that may help:

  • Walk in a tub of cold bath water for around two minutes before going to bed.  Briskly rub the feet dry with a course towel, that will allow the blood to fast flow;
  • Stand on your toes for a few minutes then come back down on to your heels. Repeat the process a few times;
  • Massage the feet for a minimum of around 5 minutes. Follow by rinsing the feet in tepid water and then dry them off;
  • Wear thick socks;
  • Wash and soak your feet in warm water containing Epsom salts (approximately 2 spoons). Finally massage feet when dry with cream to give instant relief;
  • Drink ginger tea as that is known to enhance circulation;
  • Soak feet in a few drops of essential oils. Look at rosemary; peppermint; ginger or cypress;
  • If you’re sat for long periods of time try elevating your feet;
  • Exercise also helps with circulation.

Cold feet and cold hands are something I will always struggle with. This problem that is a result of Cerebral Palsy isn’t something that is spelt out to us.

It’s only through determination to learn more about what I deal with that I know as much as I do.


11 Feb, 2011

4 thoughts on “CP and cold hands and feet

  1. Good ideas. I don’t care for the cold water therapy because cold makes me hurt worse but the massaging and essential oils are do-able for me.

    I get cold hands easily and I was told I have something that I can’t remember what it is right now, but it is basically the same as PVD. And my hands get cold after I eat. The thought behind this, is that the circulation is in the abdomen working on the digestion so not in other parts of the body.

    The cold weather has always bothered me even when I was I child. I absolutley love hot weather and it’s because the cold makes me hurt.

    1. I totally understand you Lisa. I think heat always makes the body heal quicker. Unfortunately that is not something I have in England. I’m glad you have that.

  2. I am the opposite. As a student I lived in a house without heating for 6 years, so I became acclimatised to that and even now 25 years later I am always too warm. I much prefer colder temperatures to hotter.

    I think those tips you have suggested for keeping hands and feet warm are really good. Obviously I wont be trying any soon but they do make sense if anyone does suffer from poor circulation.

    Simple things like an extra layer of clothing and especially wearing a hat and gloves outside in colder weather really help, as those parts of our bodies lose heat the fastest. If our head is warm, that helps keeps the rest of our body warm.

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