7 ways to keep your feet comfortable this holiday season

The holiday season is in full swing.  Don’t let foot pain slow you down during this busy time of year.  Activities such as shopping, standing in long lines, traveling, dancing, cooking for hours, volunteering, ice-skating and decorating can leave your feet tired and sore.

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Here are some tips to get you through the holiday season with some pep left in your step!

  • Plan to wear comfortable and supportive shoes for shopping, traveling and long periods of standing.
  • If you find yourself stuck in a long line, try rocking back and forth from heel to toe or gently tapping your feet which keeps the blood flowing.
  • If you are dying to wear that new pair of sparkly heels to a special holiday party, plan to bring a back-up pair of flats just in case your feet begin to hurt.  This way you can keep dancing and protect your feet all night long.
  • If you’ve been on your feet all day shopping or cooking, be sure to take some time to relax and put your feet up.  Lay down with your legs raised above your heart to minimize swelling.
  • Massage your feet after a long day.  Foot massage can release tension and increase circulation minimizing swelling.
  • Try compression socks or support hose to assist circulation.  They can help your feet and legs feel strong through a long day of walking or standing, keeping foot and leg fatigue at bay.
  • Choose wisely when getting a holiday pedicure. Choose a licensed salon that practices safe sterilization procedures.  You can also request to bring your own pedicure instruments to reduce the risk of infections such as toenail fungus, athlete’s feet and MRSA.

Your feet shouldn’t hurt.  If you have persistent foot pain, get help.  Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced foot and ankle doctors.  We offer flexible office hours that fit a busy holiday season schedule.  Call 816-943-1111.