At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we see many patients who don’t plan on coming in but find themselves experiencing foot or ankle pain. While they may be surprised, we’re not. The holiday season puts a fair amount of additional strain on your feet, partly because you are on them for more time than usual. Below are some common foot ailments to be on the lookout for:

Plantar Fasciitis—heel pain is often the result of arch problems. The plantar fascia—the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from heel to toe—becomes inflamed and that’s what causes the pain. The more you walk, the more it hurts. You can help prevent heel pain by wearing shoes that have good arch support and taking breaks to sit and put your feet up on days when you have to be on the run from morning till night.

Varicose Veins—many people have varicose veins but don’t experience any symptoms. Veins have valves in them that open and close depending on which way the blood is flowing. To get back to your heart from your feet the blood has the biggest fight against gravity of any place in your body. When the valves in the veins weaken, some blood may leak back and pool in the vein. Standing for long periods of time (preparing meals and treats or standing on line at a store) can put extra pressure on varicose veins and cause them pain and cause your entire lower leg to feel achy and heavy. If the foot doctor has prescribed compression stockings, wear them when you are going to be on your feet all day.

Ankle Sprains—slippery conditions definitely increase the risk of twisting an ankle or missing a step. Be sure to wear low or no-heeled shoes or boots if the weather is bad, and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see the pavement in front of you.

If you do injure your foot or begin to notice foot or ankle pain that is increasing in intensity or frequency, it’s important that our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah examine your feet promptly and start any necessary treatment to prevent the condition from developing into something worse. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.