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.