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Friday, January 9, 2015

Fair Friday- Soften Hands and Feet

Cold dry winter weather can be hard on your hands and feet.  I also find doing lots of dishes when I am baking or crafting soaps can lotions can leave my hands dry.  This mixture helps to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. This recipe was adapted from one that appeared this month in Woman’s Day magazine. I added the vitamin E oil for extra skin nourishment.  The almond oil helps to soften the skin.

I used this mask on my feet.  It smelled wonderful, I wanted to eat it!

The mixture is a little thin. So I poured half in each plastic bag. I used plastic grocery bags and tied them around my ankles.  I took them off in the bath tub to rinse off my feet.  Then I just threw away the bags.  Be sure to towel off your feet well and put socks on right away since your feet will be slippery from the oil.

My feet really did feel soft after the treatment.

Lemon Oatmeal Hand & Foot Treatment*
1 slice lemon
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon oats
½ tablespoon glycerin
½ tablespoon almond oil
½ tablespoon vitamin E oil (optional)
1 ripe banana mashed

Put the lemon slice in a glass bowl and cover with the boiling water.  Let the lemon steep in the water for 30 minutes.  Take 4 tablespoons of the lemon water and mix with the oats. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the glycerin, almond oil, vitamin E oil, and banana. Mix well.  Coat hands or feet with the mixture, then cover with plastic bags.  (Grocery store bags).  After 10 minutes rinse off.

*Adapted from Woman’s Day Magazine January 2015

Chris Wodke at Aquathon National Championship Oklahoma 2014

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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