When the holidays come, it is that time of the year where you will be gathering at family events whether it is indoor or outdoor. It is also the time to meet with friends, go to work parties, and of course, do a lot of shopping. Celebrating the holidays means also spending a lot of time on your feet where you will have to combat sore feet during the holidays. The holiday marathon on your feet will come with more walking, standing in line, dancing, and sitting in one position during the season. Inevitably, many of us will have sore feet during the holidays. In addition, nobody wants soreness or injuries to slow them down and dampen their spirit. So we should pay attention to the signs and give more attention to caring for our feet. This way, we will be able to last through all those seasonal celebrations and chores!
One true fact is that Americans have reported experiencing foot pain at some point in their lives, according to a survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Below you will find 7 tips to keep your feet healthy and happy this holiday season:
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
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.
Foot rubs not only feel good, but they’re also a great way to release tension, boost circulation and refresh skin after a long day on your feet. Take a few minutes to massage your feet at the end of a day of shopping and celebrating. Use lotion and take care of moisturizing at the same time!
Properly Pedicure for Health and Beauty
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.
Put Your feet Up
Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position (taking a long flight to visit loved ones) or if you’ve been on your feet all day (shopping, or out socializing.) Elevate your legs to reduce swelling. Lay or sit and lift your legs above your heart.
Wear “Healthy” Shoes
OK, so you’ll never give up your sparkly high heels when it’s time for that special soiree. But for other holiday activities such as shopping, traveling or cooking, ditch the high heels. When you know you’ll be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and a padded sole.
Don’t Ignore Pain, Get Help
Feet shouldn’t hurt all the time. Persistent foot pain can be an indication of injury, irritation or illness. See a podiatrist if you experience pain; don’t wait until the holidays end.
We sure hope these tips will help you combat sore feet during the holidays.