5 Ways to Be Good to Your Feet This Holiday Season
Tis the season for shopping, cooking, wrapping, partying and a myriad of activities that will have your feet working overtime. At Paul S. Demarco, DPM, we want all of our patients to enjoy a season that’s merry and bright and not painful for your feet and ankles. Here are a few ways to take care of your feet during the holidays:
- Limit time in high heels—most women enjoy a pair of festive party shoes to complete a holiday outfit, but high heels and narrow toe boxes lead to a host of foot problems including bunions and hammertoes. Keep the time in heels to a minimum. If you’re walking or taking public transportation to an event, carry your party shoes and change when you arrive.
- Enjoy a safe pedicure—if a professional holiday pedicure is on your wish list, be sure that the salon you choose follows safe sanitary practices. Tools should be properly sanitized or only for one-time use—or you can opt to bring your own. Foot baths need to be cleaned after each customer.
- Get a good fit—be sure the shoes you shop in have a wide toe box and proper arch support. Remember too that feet swell as the day goes on so if your shopping trip is after work, you’ll need extra roomy shoes to carry you through.
- Apply moisturizer—winter heat tends to dry out skin and the skin on your feet is no exception. Massage a rich lotion or cream into feet at the end of the day—not only will it feel great on those tired feet, it will help prevent heel cracks and fissures in the skin.
- Pay attention to what your feet are telling you—sometimes increased activity can bring out foot problems or make existing ones worse. If you experience any pain or discomfort in your toes, ankles or feet, put your feet up for a while and contact our Somers Point office for an appointment by calling: (609) 927-4894. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will help diagnose your condition and get you back on the holiday fast track in no time.