Managing Neuropathy Pain in Cold Weather

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Pain, including neuropathy pain, can worsen as the temperature falls.

When we are exposed to cold temperatures, the blood circulation slows in the extremities to help maintain a warm core temperature. As blood flow is reduced in the hands and feet, nerve pain can intensify. Nerve pain worsens in the cold weather, especially when precautions are not taken. Commonsense steps can help maintain comfort during cold weather.


Move!

Increasing circulation through exercise and activity will help maintain blood flow to the extremities.


Keep your feet dry

It may be hard to know what your fingers and feet are actually feeling. Damp socks are a common cold weather problem especially if you you have been outside. Remove your shoes when you come inside and change to a new pair of dry socks making sure your feet are not damp. Avoid cotton socks that hold dampness and favor heavier socks that wick moisture away from the foot. Many socks are in the marketplace that offer greater warmth and dryness. Camping gear stores offer specialized socks that will do the trick.


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Wear gloves, add a hat and scarf

Keep gloves handy in locations you may need them so you don't get caught unprepared. Spend some time finding pairs that fit you well and offer enough insulation.


Soak your feet

Fill a tub with warm water and add Epsom salts to the water (check the label, a generous amount is best). Make sure the water isn't over 100 degrees.


Use your LED light therapy boots daily

More frequent light therapy may be required to manage neuropathy pain and coldness in the the chilly months. Your LED light therapy boot pads can warm the tissues, increase circulation and manage pain when used regularly. Don't forget your hands if needed. Need to know more about neuropathy pain therapy boots - click here. HealthLight Boots are powerful and very easy to use - just strap on and start the automatic program with one push of a button. 20 minutes a day can make a big difference in comfort and quality of life that is especially needed when cold weather challenges peripheral circulation.


Be sensible about what you choose to do outdoors in the winter.

Outdoor activities can be more hazardous to those with balance and sensation issues if snow and ice are present. Be prepared and conscious about staying warm and dry so that you can enjoy the season and participate in activities you love.





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