Don't let sore achy feet be the ruin of your holiday season. Here are 3 tips for safe and healthy holiday feet.
1. If the shoe fits, wear it! Whether you are heading to the shopping mall or hitting the dance floor this holiday season, don’t compromise on comfort and safety when selecting shoes to wear. Tight, narrow, overly high-heeled or poorly fitting dress shoes can irritate feet and lead to blisters, calluses, swelling and even ankle injuries. Choosing a well-fitting shoe with a low or moderate heel is a proactive way to protect your feet during the holiday season.
2. Be mindful not to overindulge in holiday cheer. Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer. Certain foods and beverages high in purines, such as red meat, red wine, shellfish, and beer can trigger painful gout conditions, where uric acid builds up and crystalizes in and around joints. Most often the big toe is the first affected as it is the coolest part of the body and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes.
3. Watch for ice and snow. Don’t let the beauty of a holiday winter wonderland distract you while you walk. Be sure to use caution as you travel outdoors, watching for ice and snow patches along your journey. The ankle joint can be more vulnerable to serious injury from falling on the ice. Slipping on ice accelerates the fall and often causes more severe trauma, as the foot can move in any direction after it slips.
For more information on injuries or any other facets of foot care, call (973) 365-2208. While on the line, request your appointment at our office today!