Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Foot Care

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays and at Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle that means a host of foot health care concerns. We urge our patients to pace themselves this holiday season and avoid foot pain by following some simple do’s and don’ts:

Do: make merry but avoid overindulging at holiday parties. The holiday season sees an increase in gout attacks, which can be triggered by food high in purines such as, red meat, turkey, shellfish, bacon, organ meats, red wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages and rich sauces. In addition, extra weight means extra strain on your feet and ankles.

Don’t:  keep feet stuck in sweaty socks and warm shoes—it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that cause infections like athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. If feet get wet from precipitation or perspiration change your socks as soon as possible and try to alternate shoes, not wearing same pair two days in a row.

Don’t: set yourself up for an ankle sprain. A light dusting of snow or black ice can catch you unawares and cause an ankle to twist. Avoid wearing high heeled boots or shoes in inclement weather and don’t carry so many packages that you can’t see uneven pavement or small objects on the ground that can cause your ankle to give out.

Do: wear shoes that fit and have good support for arches and ankles. Unfortunately, many fashion boots do not have adequate arch support and can leave your feet aching at the end of the day. If you know you’ll be on your feet for long periods of time (shopping or cooking, for example), choose shoes with low heels and wide toe boxes to help painful foot issues.

Do: listen to your feet and get off them if they are hurting. Many disabling foot conditions can be treated more easily if they are caught in the early stages. Don’t wait until after the holidays if you are in pain. Contact us for an appointment at our Edmond or Norman office to see our podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh and prevent foot discomfort from turning you into the Grinch this holiday season.