Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

Here are 6 tips to help keep your feet healthy as we approach the holiday season
  1. If the shoe fits, wear it.
    • Narrow shoes, overly high-heeled ones or shoes not worn very
      often (dress shoes)
    • May irritate feet and lead to blisters, calluses, swelling and even severe ankle injuries
    • Choose a shoe with a low heel and fits your foot in length, width and depth
      while you are standing
  2. Do not overindulge in holiday cheer.
    • Certain foods/beverages high in purines, such as shellfish, red meat,
      red wine and beer
    • May trigger extremely painful gout attacks,
    • uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes.
  3. Be safety-conscious about pedicures.
    • Nail salons can carry a lot of bacteria
    • To reduce your risk of infection, choose a salon that follows
      proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.
  4. Watch for ice and snow.
    • Use caution when traveling outdoors
    • Watch for ice or snow patches along your trail.
    • If you experience a fall, take a break from activities until you can be seen by a foot and ankle surgeon in our office.
    • Use RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to help reduce pain and control swelling around the injury.
  5. Protect your feet from cold temperatures.
    • Wear insulated, water-resistant boots
    • Moisture-wicking socks to prevent frostbite or other cold weather-related injuries to the feet and toes.
  6. Listen to your feet.
    • Inspect your feet regularly for signs of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters, dry skin or calluses.

If you are experiencing any abnormalities in your feet call us at 301-441-2655 to schedule your next appointment.

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