December means that the holidays are here whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or even Boxing Day. And with the holidays come lots of shopping and travel – both of which are tough on your feet.
If your feet could talk they would beg you to take good care of them to make long days of shopping and traveling as comfortable as possible.
Foot Care While Holiday Shopping
Walking on hard wood, tile or concrete surfaces can cause feet to get cold or numb or even painful. The muscles in the arch and legs can get tired. Avoid aches and fatigues by:
- Wearing sturdy shoes that fit well. Shoes with an improper fit can lead to foot, back and leg pain and problems. Shoes should support the arches too.
- Now is not the time to wear those new shoes as these may cause calluses and blisters.
- When shopping after work, be sure to trade your stylish heels for more comfortable boots or sneakers.
- If it’s rainy or snowy, choose shoes or boots that will keep feet and socks dry.
Most importantly, take regular breaks by putting your feet up in a café and enjoying a latte or smoothie. When you get home, treat your feet to a warm bath followed by a foot massage with soothing oil or lotion.
Keep Feet and Legs Healthy on Long Trips
Are you flying to celebrate with family and friends, or taking a long train or car ride? Take some precautions to minimize foot and leg swelling because of inactivity:
- Limit salt intake the day before and the day of your trip.
- Choose slip-on shoes to breeze through security and for comfort while in your seat.
- Flex and extend your knees and ankles frequently.
- Play the “alphabet game” by drawing the alphabet from “A” to “Z” with your feet several times each hour.
- Take a brief walk whenever possible.
- Avoid crossing your legs.
- Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.
Be alert to signs of a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis). Symptoms include persistent and excessive swelling and pain. Seek medical attention right away if you suspect a blood clot.
Don’t Let Foot Pain Ruin Your Holiday Fun
Shopping and traveling are exciting parts of any holiday celebration but they can seem exhausting if you have foot pain. Call the board certified podiatrists Dr. Barry Klein and Dr. Debra Klein of Klein Foot and Ankle Specialists for a quick assessment of your problem and the right treatment to relieve your pain. You can reach our Pine Hill office at 856-783-3366 or our Florence office at 609-499-1181 to make an appointment, or contact us via email.