When the temperature falls below zero in winter, that’s when leg pains and leg cramps start to worsen. Many over the counter medications are available to ease the discomfort and pain, but they don’t really address the core of the problem.
Why is it when the temperature gets too cold cramps, muscle pains and leg pains seem to get worse? There is no direct answer to this but it studies show that when air or atmospheric pressure changes brought on by colder weather, it also disrupts the pressure equilibrium in our joints and muscles causing joint and muscle symptoms to get worse.
Also cold winter temperature will cause our blood vessels to clamp down to just a narrow opening, increasing the blood pressure in an attempt to maintain normal body temperature. But this often leads to muscle and joint pains, especially in the legs.
Fortunately, there are ways for you to prevent the winter cold from making leg cramps and leg pains worse. All you have to do is follow these five simple steps.
1. Keep Your Legs and Feet Warm
Wear several layers of socks. Alternatively, a warm foot and leg bath can do the trick, but the effect is temporary. You still will have to bundle up when you’re done to keep out the cold from affecting your leg joints and muscles.
2. Move to a Smaller Room
A smaller room is able to hold heat better than a larger room. So when the weather gets too cold, it’s wise to more to a smaller room and turn up the heat a little so you are comfortable and free from nagging leg pains and cramps.
3. Stay Indoors as Much as Possible
Out in the open, your body quickly loses heat. This is particularly true if you’re not wearing heated garment.
Bonus tip: Keep Warm with Rechargeable Heated Socks
Verseo Thermogear Rechargeable Heated Socks provide soothing heat that keeps your legs, calves and toes cozy and warm even when you’re out there in the cold.
The Verseo heated socks come with a rechargeable battery that charges quickly to provide you with steady reliable heat for hours. The slim heating panels and electrical keypad are impressive tech, as they can give you control over the temperature of your quarter-length socks and have 3 different temperature settings (about 93°F to 140°F). It’s a practical, affordable investment for keeping you nice and warm this winter.