The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Countless shopping trips, holiday parties, caroling in the snow, and other festivities keep us on the go this time of year. With so many distractions and fun to be had, it is easy to forget to take care of your feet properly. No one wants soreness or injuries to slow them down during the holidays, so it’s important to care for your feet so they can carry you through all those seasonal celebrations and chores. We’ve got some tips that will keep your feet happy and healthy this holiday season!
- Be sure to moisturize your feet due to the dry winter air and cold temperatures, which can impact the skin. Moisturizing your feet daily will help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin.
- Giving your feet rubs and massages is a great way to release tension, boost circulation and boost the skin after a long day on your feet. Take a few minutes to massage your feet at the end of a day of shopping and celebrating and incorporate lotion to further take care of your skin at the same time.
- Stretching and exercising your feet are good ways to avoid muscle cramps this holiday season. Avoid toe cramps by raising, pointing and curling your toes for five seconds, and repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. Cup your heel and turn each ankle slowly five times to loosen ankle joints.
- Make time to pedicure properly, not only because you want your toes to look picture-perfect. Whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, be sure your pedicure is done properly. Never use a razor to remove dead skin and opt for a good pumice stone instead. Avoid cutting your cuticles and instead push them back gently with a rubber tool designed for this. Use toenail clippers with a straight edge to cut nails straight across.
- Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position such as being on a long flight or walking when shopping on your feet all day. Make sure you elevate your legs to reduce the possibility of swelling. You can try laying or sitting, and lift your legs above your heart.
- It’s hard to resist wearing your favorite sparkly heels for a special holiday party, and we can’t blame you. For other activities though, it is extremely important to wear smart and comfortable shoes. When you know you’ll be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and a padded sole. Visit the Healthy Feet Store to discover shoes that are podiatrist approved and promote foot health.
- Your feet shouldn't hurt you at all times. If you experience persistent foot pain, this can be an indication of injury, irritation or illness. Visit us here at Advanced Foot + Ankle Medical Center as soon as possible so that we can resolve the issue promptly.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Hurless
DPM, FACFAS Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon/Podiatrist
Medical Director, HealthyFeetStore.com