Nothing’s going to hamper your holidays more than not being able to use your feet and ankles. Here are eight specific things you can do to protect these essential body parts so you can get errands done, spend time with friends and family, and maybe even enjoy some well-deserved holiday vacation time.
- Wear the right shoes! This isn’t the time of year to pull out those not-so-comfortable shoes out of the back of your closet. Well, actually, it’s never a good time to wear shoes that don’t fit well. But don’t plague your holidays with the pain of blisters, corns, and calluses that go along with a poor-fitting shoe. Don’t forget to dress for the weather, too, keeping feet warm and dry even when the Cuyahoga County weather is frightful.
- Limit your time in high heels. Podiatrists like Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland always advise that if you must wear 3-inch heels, take them off after 3 hours and give your feet a break.
- Don’t sabotage your diet. This is great advice for your whole body, but your feet appreciate a balanced diet as well. The right vitamins and minerals keep foot and ankle bones, muscles, and ligaments strong.
- Keep up with exercise. Ward off the extra holiday pounds that cause foot pain by continuing your regular exercise routine.
- Treat yourself to new shoes. While you’re out shopping for others, think about replacing any old, worn out shoes of your own. That goes for workout sneakers as well as for the boots you’ve been wearing for a few years now.
- Watch where you’re going. Slow down and look down, watching out for ice and snow that could cause you to tumble.
- Don’t overdo it at the holiday buffet. Rich food and drink can actually harm your feet! Overindulging in foods that are rich in purines, such as beer, red wine, shellfish, and red meat, can cause an excruciating type of toe pain called gout.
- Put your feet up. After a day of work, errands, cooking, and more, give yourself and your feet rest. Maybe even treat them to a massage. And if you experience any foot pain or discomfort that lasts more than a day or two, give us a call at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online. Dr. Oltmann and Dr. Frey treat all disorders of the feet and ankles at their podiatry office in the historic district of Solon, Ohio.