Take a moment and tally up all the hours spent on your feet this holiday season. At this time of year, we at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM find that the “step counters” are up way above average for our patients who have been trying to get everything done on their holiday to do lists.
Below are 3 ways to reward your feet for helping you make it all happen:
1. Make Foot Health a Priority—if this holiday season has left you with an unexplained pain or tenderness in one or both of your feet, it’s time to make an appointment at our Somers Point office (609- 927-4894). Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will examine your feet and get a complete medical history as well as ask questions about your recent activity and any injuries. Delaying treatment can lead to long term disability for your feet.
2. Take the Pressure Off—as your feet carry the weight of your entire body, that means they endure a tremendous amount of pressure. On an average day of walking, it can equal tons—actually the amount of a fully loaded cement truck! There are a number of ways you can help reduce this strain:
· Put your feet up, particularly at the end of the day. If you have a job that requires long periods of standing or walking, try to take several breaks throughout the day to sit and get off your feet.
· Use gel inserts or padded socks to help increase cushioning between your foot and the ground. Choose shoes that have an adequately thick and padded sole as well. It’s natural for the fat pad on the bottom of your feet to grow thin as you age.
· Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases the strain and pressure on your feet.
3. Indulge in a Little Luxury—there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence now and then, especially for your hardworking feet. Treat yourself to a foot massage and/or professional pedicure (just be sure your salon follows safe sanitizing practices for tools and tubs). For long-term luxury, consider buying an electronic foot massager or foot spa. For a low budget treat, an extra-rich emollient moisturizer is a gift your feet will especially appreciate in the dry winter months.
If you have any questions about the care and health of your feet don’t hesitate to contact us.