It’s that time of year—super sales, extended mall hours, and a long list of holiday gifts to purchase can mean aching feet at the end of the day. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, we want to help keep your days merry and bright with a few tips to make shopping trips easier on your feet:
- Choose footwear wisely—you can probably guess that high heels are not a good choice for a long day of shopping both because of the pain and instability they could cause, but don’t go for your flip-flops either. Shoes with no arch support can lead to aching feet too, even though they may seem comfortable when you’re wearing them. Choose shoes that are comfortable with good support all around and that are specifically designed for walking.
- Take care of corns, bunions, and calluses—if you have any of these conditions, be sure that you use any padding that your foot doctor has prescribed and choose shoes that do not rub or put pressure on these bumps and protrusions.
- Use orthotics—either over-the-counter or custom made orthotics can correct foot positioning issues that are associated with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and other conditions and prevent pain and discomfort.
- Go easy on the holiday treats—extra weight means extra strain on your feet and more pain at the end of the day.
- Give your feet a break—after a long day on your feet, treat them to a warm soak, then clean and dry thoroughly to eliminate the chance of fungi, bacteria, or viruses from penetrating skin. Put your feet up for a while and moisturize with a good lotion to prevent skin from drying out which can lead to cracking and sores.
Treat What Hurts
If you notice symptoms that seem above and beyond normal aching feet, it may be time to make an appointment at either our Edmond or Norman office. Sometimes, prolonged time on your feet can bring to light a hairline fracture, hallux limitus, or other injury or conditioning that is in the early stages of development. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh, will give your feet and ankles a complete examination and advise on treatment if a problem is discovered. If you have questions or concerns, call our office at (405) 285-7408 or (405) 321-6984.