Amid the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, increased activity and extended periods of standing can lead to discomfort, swelling, and various foot issues. To ensure your feet stay healthy and happy throughout the season, follow these tips!

  1. Choose Comfortable Shoes. Whether you’re attending holiday parties or doing some shopping, opt for comfortable and supportive shoes.Wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes can irritate your feet and lead to blisters, calluses, swelling, and even possibly severe ankle injuries. To avoid issues, choose a shoe with a low heel that fits properly in length, width, and depth. If you have multiple events to attend, try to alternate between different types of shoes to give your feet a break. For example, if you wear heels one day, choose flats or sneakers the next day.
  2. Don’t 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 when uric acid builds up and crystallizes in and around your joints. The big toe is often affected first since it is the coolest part of the body and uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes. Gout can be treated with medication, diet changes, increased consumption of appropriate liquids, and elevating and immobilizing the foot.
  3. Manage Standing Time: If you’re hosting a gathering or spending extended periods on your feet, take short breaks to rest and elevate your feet. This can help prevent fatigue and swelling.
  4. Be pedicure-safety conscious. Before you head out for your holiday pedicure, remember nail salons can be a breeding ground for bacteria, including MRSA. To reduce your risk of infection, choose a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state. Consider also purchasing your own pedicure instruments to bring along to your appointment.
  5. Watch for ice and snow. Holiday winter wonderlands can be beautiful but also dangerous. Use caution when traveling outdoors; watch for ice or snow patches along your trail. Ensure your footwear is suitable for winter conditions. 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. Use RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to help reduce the pain and control swelling around the injury.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration supports overall health, including the health of your feet. Drink enough water to maintain good circulation and prevent dehydration.
  7. Moisturize: Keep your feet moisturized, especially in the winter when dry skin is common. Apply a good-quality foot cream or lotion to prevent cracked heels and dryness.
  8. Foot Stretches and Exercises: Take a few minutes each day to stretch and exercise your feet. Simple exercises like toe stretches, ankle circles, and pointing and flexing your feet can help improve flexibility and reduce stiffness.
  9. Watch for Swelling: If you notice any swelling in your feet or ankles, take it seriously. Elevate your feet when possible, and if the swelling persists, consult with your Idaho Foot & Ankle Center Podiatrist.
  10. Listen to your feet. Don’t let foot pain ruin your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters, dry skin, or calluses.
If you are experiencing any pain, swelling, or other issues, contact Idaho Foot and Ankle Center for an appointment. Dr. Kylin Kovac and Dr. Jed Erickson are specially trained in conditions of the feet and ankles. They can help find the right diagnosis and the right treatment plan to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Same day appointments are available, and they even have X-Rays right in the office! Receiving prompt and proper treatment can help you avoid complications and slower healing times. Following these tips can help make sure that your feet and your holidays stay happy all season long. Happy Holidays!


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