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Keeping feet warm

I am trying to avoid a miserable winter with possibility of ulcers once again. I have orthotics in my shoes/boots but would like to use foot warmers. Has anyone tried using them as a combination or do they become too bulky or is there an alternative to using the heated innersoles style of for warmer?

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I have resigned myself to buying a larger size for the winter to allow for extra thermal layers

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I buy a bigger size boot for the winter so that I can wear more layers of socks. I also use foot warmers in the real cold. They are great but of course they become expensive using them regulary.

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I also buy larger boot, by one size only to allow for thermal socks. DR Ong at The Royal Free scleroderma clinic last year told me tongue in cheek to buy Uggs. This year my Raynauds is so much worse I am going shopping for my birthday to buy a pair. They will no longer be trendy or chavtastic when i wear them!!! Please take care and keep warm.

Best wishes Helen

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If you haven't bought them already I would buy something more sturdy. I find that kind of boot becomes useless in anything other than completely dry conditions. Although ok for wearing indoors

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My boots are sheepskin . But what you do is waterpooth them .Then you need to do it yearley and its no problem also ugg i do not buy ugg as maybe not sturdy But my celticandco.com are good .My sheepskin boots are in 5th year last year they got resoled and heal bit renewed .I find them more sturdy then ugg boots .I also wash them now and then in pure soap ( think it is ) The waterpooth is a spray it lasts 3/4 goes and stinks ha ha until dry

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I am going to try the boots recommended by 'Chockers' the site looks good and I have been drooling over the knee length ones. Although they are pricey its my birthday today and I told Andy that I would order them as my present....happy me!!! I will also get the inner soles for my wells and the waterproof spray all recommended by lots on this site. Thank you for the advice, as I have seen 'sloppy' Uggs too.

H xx

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Heat might not do plastic ortnotics any good . I can keep feet warm in winter . This is what i don,t do .Wear anything tight no Fashon .I wear leather or sheepskin in winter .I wear sheepskin slipper booties . If i have to wear shoes i wear hotter soft leather trainer as you can get two pairs of socks on . I wear celtic sheepskin boots i wear 2 pairs of knee length socks one on top of the other . Just normal from marks and spensers .

I find thick stuff don,t work and not comfy . . Very cold weather i wear long johns as keeps bottoms of legs warm . Never wear tights .I put boots and slippers on heater before going out . Also keep whole body warm by moving around wearing vests i wear marks sparks nice cotton . vest with long sleves on top plus two thinner jumpers . If body is warm feet tend to be as well ...Find thermal not that good or socks that are thick or sliver socks . I

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Keeping legs warm helps a lot . I get so cold... The best way to get warm is get the hovver out . Or go walking or cleaning .With enough clothes on .Swimming .

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Something I might experiment with this year is rubbing feet with mustard, cayenne, or chilli powder in some oil.

These are old fashioned ideas that I have been reading about and may be useful if you are not worried about potential foodie aromas coming from your foot region.

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Something else that has just occured to me is that if you are hot you can cool yourself but running cold water on your pulse points. I believe it also can work in reverse.

I dont know if it will work but if rubbing feet with a spice keeps them warmer???? to be tested, then maybe applying a spice rub to the wrist pulse point MAY help to warm hands

Please excuse my thinking if this proves to be completely daft

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If out use a hand dryer in a loo , I just rub my feet good hard rub with socks and slippers on heat and that does trick .Keeping bottom of legs warm will help .Leather and sheepskin no tight fancy shoes no tights 2 pairs of normal knee length socks cotton one on top of each other . ( no problem with this can even get my hotter trainer type shoe on with 2 pairs of socks ) Thick socks don,t always work .Layers keep heat in .

Hands i find magic gloves ( not the cheap cheap ones ) i find i can keep on most of time shopping getting money out . If very cold you can bung a other pair on top and still use hands .Make sure they cover wrist .

Cheap ones will let cold in .Check how they are made . And a hat .I don,t never rub my self with anything as it makes a mess . enough clothes on core of body helps a lot .

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Thanks everyone for your comments. I think I am singing from the same sheet as everyone else ie larger size boots , layering up. Like everyone else I can feel the change in the weather with aches and pains starting so have been sorting out my winter woollies. I went out for lunch yesterday, friend still in sandels whereas I am wearing boots and socks. Take care and keep warm!

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Do you have a Podiatrist?

This is the best person to ask because everyone is different, and what might be ok for one, may not be suitable for another.

I would recommend you ask the Podiatrist and then try different things to find the best one that suits YOU.

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