Another result of being premature and 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 remember my grandmother pointing it out to my mum as we were on our way to buy new shoes.
Chilblains known as PVD, (peripheral vascular disease) 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.
These suggestions on home remedies 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 have always struggled with. Sadly, this isn’t something we’re told about.
It’s only through my determination to learn more about my being premature and Cerebral Palsy symptoms that I know as much as I do. I am still learning.