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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 19, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: plantar fasciitis   Swelling   blister  

After a long day of running from store to store and waiting on long lines to buy special gifts for everyone on your list, chances are your feet will be feeling less than jolly! At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want to offer the follow tips to help make holiday shopping a little easier on your feet.

Shoe Choice, Shoe Choice, Shoe Choice—yes, it bears repeating! The single most important step you can take to reduce the risk of injury and chronic foot problems is choosing the right shoes. For a long day on your feet you want a sneaker or low or no-heeled shoe with good arch and ankle support. Be aware that many fashion boots, which are so popular at this time of the year, do not have good arch support and may leave your heel or foot aching at the end of the day.

Blister Protection—it’s a good idea not to wear a brand new pair of shoes for your shopping day but since even old favorites can start to rub on your skin carry some moleskin or a bandage with you that can be applied to an area that feels irritated before a blister forms.

Bring Your Water Bottle—you may not think staying hydrated is important for your feet but drinking an adequate amount of water can help you avoid swelling of your lower legs and ankles.

Take Breaks—being on your feet nonstop puts an excessive amount of pressure on your feet and legs and can make all kinds of conditions from varicose veins to plantar fasciitis worse. Stop along your day and, if possible, put your feet up for 15 or 20 minutes before resuming your shopping.

Don’t Ignore Pain—it’s your feet’s way of telling you something is wrong and you need to stop. It’s not unusual at this time of the year for new podiatric conditions to develop or existing ones to worsen. If you experience pain or discomfort in your toes, feet or ankles contact our Washington office at (724) 225-7410 for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine you and track down the source of your discomfort. Then the proper treatment can be prescribed to get you back to feeling merry and bright for the rest of the holiday season.

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