December 21, 2016
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Six Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet

1. If the shoe fits, wear it. When hitting the dance floor or shopping malls this holiday season, do not compromise comfort and safety when picking out the right shoes to wear. Narrow shoes, overly high-heeled ones or shoes not worn very often, such as dress shoes, can irritate feet and lead to blisters, calluses, swelling and even severe ankle injuries. Choose a shoe that has a low heel and fits your foot in length, width and depth while you are standing. 

2. Do not overindulge in holiday cheer. Did you know your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer? Certain foods and beverages high in purines, such as shellfish, red meat, red wine and beer, can trigger extremely painful gout attacks, a condition in which uric acid builds up and crystallizes in and around your joints. The big toe is usually affected first since the toe is the coolest part of the body, and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes. 
3. Be safety-conscious about pedicures. Nail salons can be a breeding ground for bacteria, including MRSA. To reduce your risk of infection during a pedicure, choose a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state. Also consider purchasing your own pedicure instruments to bring along to your appointment. 
4. Watch for ice and snow. Holiday winter wonderlands can be beautiful but also dangerous. Use caution when traveling outdoors, and watch for ice or snow patches along your trail. The ankle joint can be more vulnerable to serious injury from falling on ice. 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 and moisture-wicking socks to prevent frostbite, chilblains—an inflammation of the small blood vessels in the hands or feet when they are exposed to cold air—or other cold weather-related injuries to the feet and toes. 
6. Listen to your feet. Inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters, dry skin or calluses. If you notice any pain, swelling or signs of problems, make an appointment with our office.