The holidays are here and with them come many busy days of shopping, entertaining and traveling. We’ll spend lots of time on our feet as we party through the festivities.
No matter which holiday you’ll be celebrating in the coming weeks, your feet will have to be up to the challenge of extra holiday events and chores. When planning your schedule, block out some time to take good care of your feet so they won’t let you down.
Enjoy Holiday Shopping in Comfort
If you’re dreading long days walking on hard wood or concrete surfaces, remember to take frequent breaks to avoid aching fatigue. Prop up your feet in your favorite coffee shop and enjoy a cappuccino.
Here are more tips for good foot care:
- Don’t wear new shoes for extensive walking. Stick to your favorite comfortable, cushioned walking shoe.
- Select sturdy shoes that fit well and have good arch support to avoid foot, back and leg pain.
- Protect your feet from ice and snow with warm boots or shoes that will keep your feet dry.
- On your way to a party? Wear comfortable, stable shoes until the last minute and then change into your fashionable heels.
When you arrive home, pamper your feet with a warm water soak and massage in a soothing cream or lotion.
Avoid Foot Problems during Long Trips
Sitting for long periods during car, plane or train travel can cause dangerous foot and leg swelling. There is also risk of developing a blood clot in the leg, also known as deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot produces severe and persistent pain along with swelling. You should seek out medical help immediately if you suspect that you have a blood clot.
Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM recommends these foot care tips to avoid problems when traveling:
- Wear a pair of warm slip-on shoes to help you get through airport security checks. They will be comfortable while in your seat too.
- Limit salty foods to avoid water retention.
- Stretch your feet and legs in your seat and flex ankles frequently. Try the “alphabet game” to keep blood flowing to your toes – move toes to form the shapes “A” through “Z” a few times each hour.
- Get up and take a brief walk whenever you can to keep your blood flowing.
- Don’t sit with legs crossed for too long.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
Keep your Feet Happy for the Holidays
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all types of foot and ankle conditions. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Treat your feet well during this busy season and your feet will rise to each occasion!