Don’t let sore, achy feet ruin your holiday season. Last week, the experts at Feet First Foot Care LLC shared with patients about ways they can give thanks to their feet this holiday season. This week our experts wanted to share ways in which you can help your feet prepare for the increase in activities that are waiting for each of us over the next 2 months. Tis’ the season for our feet to work overtime as we shop, bake, and spend time with our loved ones.
Here is how you can maintain foot health and support your feet during the holiday season:
- Wear Properly Fitting Shoes. When hitting the dance floor and shopping malls this season, don’t compromise comfort and safety. Protect your feet from blisters, calluses and ankle injuries by wearing supportive shoes for the occasion.
- Don’t Overindulge in Holiday Cheer. Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer—overindulging in certain foods and beverages high in uric acid can cause painful gout attacks in your feet.
- Take Safety Precautions If You Get a Pedicure. Reduce your risk of bacterial infections during your holiday pedicure by choosing a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.
- Listen To Your Feet. Don’t let foot pain ruin your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters or calluses. If you have any issues, contact your foot and ankle surgeon.
- Exercise your toes. Toe cramping is a common symptom due to long hours of standing and walking, often in tight shoes. Avoid toe cramping by stretching your toes upwards, pointing and curling them for five seconds in each direction, then repeat 10 times. Do this before wearing your shoes for extended periods. You can do this several times a day and you won't even break a sweat -- but your toes will get good relief.
- Elevate your legs. Long hours of standing, walking and even sitting can cause the feet to swell, especially at the end of the day. Reduce swelling by elevating the legs when sitting or lying down. Be sure to lift the legs above the level of your heart.
- Get help – Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time. Persistent foot pain can be an indication of injury, irritation, or illness. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Adam Mucinskas at our Cromwell, Connecticut office call (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information.