Tips for Keeping Feet Pain-Free While Shopping This Holiday Season | The Podiatrist and yourfeetnz
The holidays have begun. The next couple of months are festive and fun…But can be tough on feet. Shopping for hours, standing in long checkout lines, attending holiday parties, cooking, traveling to friends and relatives, lugging goodies to the post office and a whole lot of running around take their toll on toes, feet, ankles, legs, and knees. Wearing fashionable boots, heels, and other non-sensible footwear significantly ups the pain ante considerably, causing tired, achy, cranky, sore and swollen feet and aching legs. Then there’s dancing the night away at holiday parties that put feet through their paces.
It is possible to shop without dropping. The Podiatrist has these handy tips to help you through.
Treat Feet Right:
-Leave the heels at home and wear comfortable shoes for spending hours on your feet. Walking or running shoes are most preferable
to help increase comfort and prevent ankle and foot pain that results in wearing heels.
-If shoes are tight, use a shoe stretcher to make them more comfortable before heading out the door.
-Wear cotton-based socks to absorb moisture and keep your feet dry.
-Lighten the load of your shopping bags and make frequent trips to the car to drop off packages.
-Distribute the weight of shopping bags evenly on both sides of your body
-Whenever possible use a shopping cart to avoid stressing your back with heavy packages.
-When walking, keep your back straight and relaxed; try not to slouch as it shifts your weight forward and keeps you off balance.
-Women should opt for carrying a small backpack rather than a heavy purse.
-When shopping, ask for assistance to lift heavy objects.
-Keep your energy up by taking frequent breaks to enjoy a snack, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and rest your feet.
If possible, elevate your feet to help reduce swelling during your break.
-After a long, punishing day on your feet be sure to stretch and flex your toes with controlled movements. (Don’t bounce!). Soak
your feet in a warm Gehwol Herb Bath and massage in Gehwol Mint foot cream for soothing relief. Running your feet over a
reflexology roller or golf ball gives feet a great massage.
-See The Podiatrist immediately if you have concerns about any foot issues.
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