Five Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

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Five Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

This year don’t let sore, achy feet ruin your holiday season. The Gentle Foot Care Center offers 5 tips for stress free feet.

1. If the shoe fits, wear it—When hitting the New Year’s Eve dance floor or last minute shopping malls, don’t compromise comfort and safety when picking the right shoes to wear. Narrow shoes, overly-high-heeled ones or shoes that aren’t worn very often, such as dress shoes, can irritate feet and lead to blisters, calluses, swelling and even severe ankle injuries. Those pointy stylish 4 inch shoes can cause your toes to go numb 30 minutes after wearing them

2. Don’t overindulge in holiday cheer— Did you know your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer? Foods and alcoholic drinks that are high in purines, such as shellfish, red meat, red wine and beer can trigger extremely painful gout attacks.  Gout most commonly attacks the big toe joints and appears as swollen, red, hot and extremely painful.

3. Be pedicure-safety conscious—Before getting the toenails painted red reduce your risk of infection by choosing  a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.
4. Watch for ice and snow—If traveling up North, snow can be beautiful to look at, but ice can be dangerous to walk on. Use caution when traveling outdoors; watch for ice or snow patches. The ankle joint can be more vulnerable to serious injury from falling on ice.  Use R.I.C.E. therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to help reduce the pain and control swelling around the injury. Down in Florida, hanging Christmas lights, can cause foot discomfort. Never do this alone! Wear stiff soled boots or tennis shoes to reduce arch strain from ladder rungs and give you a better standing surface.

5. “Listen” to your feet— Hours of partying and pavement pounding equals an annual increase in holiday heel pain, calluses and corns. The pain comes from multiple factors: muscle fatigue in those small muscles of the foot, arch strain from wearing inappropriate shoes while walking for hours, shin splints, increasing walking time from 30 minutes a day to 5 hours in one weekend!  Typically this pain subsides once the walking event is over and you can get off your feet and rest.

Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located on US 27 and can be reached at 863-314-9255.  Visit www.GentleFootCareCenter.com for additional information for all your foot care needs.

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