‘Tis the season for holiday parties, shopping for gifts, travelling to visit family, and adding a million chores to our to-do lists that keep us up and running. Nobody wants sore, painful feet to slow them down during the holidays.
We at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland suggest that you avoid these 4 mistakes this month (and during the upcoming 3 months of winter) – so that your feet and ankles enjoy the season as much as the rest of you:
Mistake #1: Forgetting that (shoe) beauty is only skin deep
That shoe may look amazing and totally make your holiday outfit, but if it’s got stiletto heels, think twice about spending a lot of time in it. Shoes that are too high or too narrow can lead to calluses, blisters, swelling, and even ankle injuries. There’s nothing like a plummet from a 4-inch heel to ruin one’s festivities. Wear beautiful shoes that, deep down, are also comfortable and cushioning.
Mistake #2: Obliviousness to the weather
It’s cold and wet out there, and Cleveland winters bring lots of ice. Severe injuries often result from slipping on ice, because – well, it’s slippery, and a tumble can send your foot or ankle reeling in all directions. When the ground is bright with snow and ice, wear appropriate shoes or boots with lots of traction.
Mistake #3: Allowing yourself to go crazy eating
Shellfish, red meat, red wine, beer – yummy, yes, but too much of these rich foods can cause uric acid to build up and crystallize around your joints. Uric acid crystals have a tendency to settle in your big toe joint, making it suddenly red, swollen and extremely painful – a condition we call gout. “Everything in moderation” is a mantra your big toe (and your waistline) will definitely appreciate.
Mistake #4: Ignoring problems
If your feet hurt, figure out why. Been on your feet all day shopping? Stop and rest! Go home and elevate them. Get or give yourself a massage. Soak them in soothing warm water. If a problem persists such as pain or swelling, contact us at our office in Solon.
Our experienced podiatrists – Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey – see many fall-related injuries during the winter months. If you have pain after a fall or something in your foot isn’t quite right and is ruining your festive mood, give us a call at (440) 903-1041 or click here to request an appointment.