By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 16, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that you have much to do during the holiday season but we want to remind all our patients to take good care of your feet at this busy time of the year. Not surprisingly, many foot problems surface during the holidays because patients are on their feet for an above average amount of time. If you do start to experience pain or discomfort in your toes, feet or ankles we urge you to make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office to be evaluated by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah. Putting it off until after the holidays may create a far worse problem than simply treating the condition promptly while in its early stages.

You can also help prevent foot and ankle problems with a few simple tips:

Be sensible about shoes—tis the season for fashion boots and high-heeled party shoes but be aware that many boots lack adequate arch support and time spent in heels squeezes toes, leading to a host of problems such as bunions and ingrown toenails. Wear comfortable shoes with wide toe boxes for the majority of your walking and change into your fashionable shoes when you arrive at your event. Be sure that you have shoes with good gripping soles for icy sidewalks and slippery driveways to prevent ankle sprains and falls.

Wash, dry, moisturize—don’t neglect your winter footcare regimen. Wash feet daily with soap and water and dry completely, especially between the toes. Hot homes, offices and cars can lead to sweaty feet and create a breeding ground for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

Don’t overindulge—there are lots of tempting treats during the holidays but try to take small tastes rather than eating full portions of everything in sight. Excess weight increases the stress on your feet and can raise your risk for several foot conditions.

Know when to say when—and finally, when your feet are tired, get off them! Pace yourself and take good care of your feet this holiday season so they can help you do all that you wish to do.