Christmas time is here. Sentiments of the holiday carols remind us there is a lot to be done during the holiday season. Whether you are decking the halls, doing the dance of the sugar plum fairies or going a-wassailing, your feet are likely to be aching.
Santa Claus is coming to town
In order to have yourself a merry little Christmas, you might need these tips from the APMA to keep your feet healthy and happy.
- Moisturize – Dry winter air and cold temperatures can take a toll on skin. Moisturize feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin.
- Exercise your feet – Stretching is a good way to avoid muscle cramps. Stave off toe cramps by raising, pointing and curling your toes for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. Cup your heel and turn each ankle slowly five times to loosen ankle joints.
- Massage – Foot rubs not only feel good, they’re a great way to release tension, boost circulation and refresh skin after a long day on your feet. Use lotion and take care of moisturizing at the same time.
- Pedicure properly – Picture-perfect toes are part of a great holiday wardrobe for many women. Whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, be sure your pedicure is done properly. Never use a razor to remove dead skin – opt for a good pumice stone instead. Don’t cut cuticles; push them back gently with a rubber tool made for this purpose. Use toenail clippers with a straight edge to cut nails straight across. View more information about pedicures+
- Raise your legs – Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position. Many individuals experience foot pain or aching after a long flight. Elevate your legs to reduce swelling. Lie down and lift your legs above your heart at the end of the day.
- Wear smart shoes – Dress up and wear the heels for a holiday party, but for other holiday activities such as shopping, traveling or cooking, wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and padded soles. Your feet will thank you.
After the holidays
Remember, if your feet are unbearably painful or if the pain lasts beyond the holidays, it’s time to visit American Foot & Leg Specialists. You will love the patient experience. Let a specialist examine your feet, take your medical history, and conduct other tests to diagnose your foot problem to help you get relief.
A special message from the staff of American Foot & Leg Specialists—
Our patients are our focus. We hope you have a happy holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year.
Dr. Loren Colon and Dr. Jeffrey Flash, and their talented and caring staff appreciate their patients and enjoy relieving their pain. They look forward to serving their loyal clients and gaining the trust of new ones in the New Year.
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