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By Daniel Reminga
December 03, 2012
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Holiday Foot Tips

Standing in long lines, scouring the shopping isles for that last minute gift, attending Christmas parties, cooking, hauling packages to the post office…and the list goes on and on. Our feet take a beating during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, in Houghton, MI, recommends some helpful tips to keep you and your feet happy this holiday.

Dr. Reminga’s Tips:

Leave the high heel shoes at home. Dr. Reminga says, “Wear comfortable shoes. It seems like common sense, however, when shopping, most people don’t realize how long they will actually be on their feet and how much distance they will be walking. The endless isles at the stores and walking from your parking place to the storefront can add up to more steps than you anticipate. A walking or running shoe is most preferable to accommodate comfort and prevent foot pain. Improper or tight shoes can cause pain, rubbing, and blisters. They can also aggravate Bunions, Hammertoes and other foot deformities.” A fun day of shopping can quickly turn into a miserable day of foot pain.

Wear cotton socks to help absorb moisture. Cotton based socks will help to keep your feet dry. Dr. Reminga says, “Sweaty feet can be caused by stress on the feet. All day shopping produces pressure and stress on the feet. Under normal conditions your feet can put out ½ cup of sweat per day. There are more sweat glands per inch on the foot than anywhere else in the body. Some people just put out more sweat than average. This can lead to foot problems such as, bacterial infections, athlete’s foot, blisters, and overall discomfort.”

Lighten your load. Shopping bags can weigh you down. Dr. Reminga suggests frequent trips to the car to unload packages. Dr. Reminga says, “Use a shopping cart when they are available. Also, try to distribute the weight of shopping bags on both sides of your body. Body alignment can shift when carrying shopping bags on one side. Also, a heavy purse can alter body alignment. When our body alignment is off, we tend to compensate how we walk. This can result in foot and back pain by the end of a long shopping day.

Keep your energy up. Take frequent breaks. Enjoy a snack and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. It’s also important to remember to rest your feet frequently. Dr. Reminga says, “If possible, elevate your feet as often as you are able. Elevating your feet will help reduce swelling of the feet and ankles. Edema, or swelling in the feet, can lead to more serious problems and should not be treated lightly. While taking a shopping break, it is good to exercise your feet by rotating the ankles and stretching the toes and feet.’

Take a break. After a long, grueling day on your feet it’s important to take a break and rest your feet. Dr. Reminga suggests, “Soak your feet in a warm Epson salt bath. This will help relieve muscle strain and stiffness, soothe aches, remove odors, and soften rough skin. Add ½ cup of Epson salt to a large pan of warm water and enjoy a nice relaxing foot bath, after all, you earned it! Remember to thoroughly pat dry your feet when you’re finished.” Dr. Reminga cautions diabetic patients that soaking the feet is not recommended.

Dr. Reminga, at Northern Foot Care Center, wants everyone to have a healthy and happy holiday season. Your feet aren’t suppose to hurt.

If your feet hurt, call our office today
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We will schedule your consultation right away. You can be confident when you choose Dr. Daniel Reminga as your board-certified foot and ankle specialist. He has over 27 years of experience and will help get you back on your feet again!