- How can I stop getting…….
….frozen fingers and toes ?
I've tried mixtures of sealskinz socks on their own, with liner socks, sealskinz thermal socks, windpoof/waterproof overshoes, hill walking socks, windproof gloves, waterproof gloves with and without thermal liners….as well as specialized lockable supporting grips…but I still get frozen fingers/hands and toes/feet ?
Even on mild Autumn days I still get them – fingers go completely white and numb.
Any ideas please ? Is there anything else or do I just accept it ? 🙁Posted 8 years agoChatsworthMustersMember
A doctor acquaintance of mine told me that Viagra was originally developed to help with poor circulation. He was quite serious about taking some with him on a winter climbing trip to the Canadian Rockies to counteract potential frostbite, until his climbing buddy vetoed the ideas.Posted 8 years agocoylumbridgeMember
Thanks all for the ideas.
My previous shimano shoes were 1 size bigger and still too tight with extra socks so now use specialized 2 sizes bigger. Used sealskinz thermal with overshoes yesterday (very windy but not that cold) and toes/front half of feet froze. I'm also using liner gloves inside my waterproof winter gloves – fingers still freeze so suspect I may also have Raynauds (as I also get frozen fingers frequently even when not cycling).
I'll have a go with some of your suggestions as I'm willing to try anything. Could be a circulation thing – yet I can still gove blood no bother. Cheers 😀Posted 8 years agoandrewhMember
Raynauds won't stop you giving blood, there is nothing wrong with the blood of those who have it. However, it does give you slightly narrower veins. Everyone's veins contract when they get they get cold, but if start with narrower than normal ones it can get quite painful. I have a mild case of it and like you I have as yet found no answer. Going to try some gloves with electric heating element this winter and hope they still work in the rain…Posted 8 years agoDickBartonMember
Hands and feet sound as thought they are well wrapped…how about your legs and arms? If the blood that is getting to your extremeties is cooler than it's goingto take a serious amount of heat to get your hands/feet warmed.
Have you tried some thermal longs under your cycling tights and long sleeved thermal top under your cycling gear – this is quite likely to make the rest of your body feel hot, but that could help maintain warmer blood so could help relieve the colder hands/feet. Saying that, cooking yourself isn't going to help either so you need to try a few things (although it sounds as if you already have – I'm no expert at anything just offering up my opinion!)Posted 8 years agouplinkMember
From my experience & a couple of others I know, you won't cure it, you'll just have to live with it.
I just suffer with my toes in any temp below 5C, nothing short of a bowl of warm water will get them warm – conversely my hands are always toasty
I spent 20 yrs [& untold £100s] trying to sort it but I gave up chasing it last winter after trying 4 different winter boots in 3 different sizes [8 pairs in all] & now just accept that my toes are going to hurt with the cold.Posted 8 years ago
The only thing that gives me a bit of respite is being very pedantic about making sure my feet, socks & boots are very warm to start with.
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