Be Good to Your Feet During the Holidays
The holidays are in full swing—shopping, cooking, parties, presents. You depend on your feet to accomplish the extra tasks and get you where you need to go during this busy season. At FL Foot Health, we want to make sure that you take care of your feet and treat them right so they can continue to enable you to do all that you want to do.
Choose the right shoes. On days when you know you are going to be on your feet for long periods of time or doing extra walking, make sure the shoes you wear have a low heel, good arch support and a roomy toe box. If you must have high heels to complete your holiday look, limit the amount of time that you spend in them. Wear more practical shoes to and from the party.
Drink plenty of water. What’s water got to do with your feet? It actually helps flush fluids from your body and can reduce your risk for painful swelling of the feet and ankles. If you are prone to gout, drinking lots of water is one way to help prevent an attack.
Go easy on holiday treats. There’s bound to be lots of goodies around and many classic holiday dishes are loaded with carbs and calories. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce pain from chronic foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and flat feet. You don’t have to completely deprive yourself of your favorites but be mindful and choose quality over quantity.
Don’t neglect your foot care regimen. Washing feet daily, using foot powder in the morning and moisturizer in the evening, keeping nails trimmed and periodically examining your feet for any changes or unusual symptoms are all important to maintaining the health of your feet. If you start to experience pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, contact your podiatrist promptly and get your feet checked. Don’t have a podiatrist? We can help you find one with our online directory.