11 December 2008 08:14
I suffer from poor circulation and get very painful hands and feet in cold weather despite decent socks and gloves. Any ideas? or do I have to keep my walking for days when the temperature is above freezing?
By Country Walking magazine
Don’t give up on winter walks yet! Cosy up in mittens – they’re warmer than gloves as your fingers heat each other up, and a long cuff prevents wrist draughts. Wiggling your fingers keeps circulation moving, as does whirring your arms from the shoulder. And tuck your hands into your armpits to warm up. Still cold? Wrap hands round a hot cuppa or try Hi Gear Hot Gel Reusable Handwarmers, £5.48, from www.cotswoldoutdoor.com.
The key to cosy feet is keeping them dry. Ensure your boots are in good nick and your socks are wool, which deals well with damp. Some folk swear by two pairs, but make sure they don’t restrict your circulation. And ask your doctor about Raynaud’s Phenomenon, a circulatory disorder which leads to cold hands and feet and is treatable with medication.