Image Credits: Foot Specialists of Birmingham
Authors: Gordon Slater| Tandose Sambo
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…despite the interesting and life changing occurrence that 2020 has brought to all of us. The holidays are occasions that we create. The elements of the season such as holiday shopping, decorating the house, baking Christmas cookies and cake, preparing for hosting dinner parties, New Year’s celebrations and lots of good warm drinks all are made possible because of the mobility provided by our feet.
While you are making an effort to celebrate in 2020, one of the things you should consider is the happiness of your feet. Even in a gathering of just your family this season, you will do a lot walking, possibly dancing, and sitting at the dinner table as the holidays progress. To mitigate against foot pain during the holidays, here are a few tips that you can utilize. The last thing you want to think about are aching feet, so here’s our action plan to make sure that the only things you remember are the people you were with, and the fun that you all had during the holidays.
For happy feet during the Christmas season, take the time to:
Exercise: With most of us working from home this season, sitting for long hours at a desk can take a toll on your feet. At the end of the day, take the time to elevate your feet, so that the circulation can flow from your feet, back to your heart. Where possible, take the time to stretch daily, go for walks, and get in some exercises that will have your cardiovascular system activated. As you walk, wear foot weights, so that you’ll be able to induce some resistance into the walking exercise.
Massage your feet: You can do this with a foot spa, or utilize your hands to improve the circulation in your feet. As you are relaxing for the day, take the time to actually massage your feet with some essential oils. Utilizing scents that are relaxing, including lavender, will help to keep you relaxed. In the instance that you want to feel more festive, a little peppermint oil will add to your Christmas experience. Warm baths and showers will improve your circulation as well.
Have a Pedicure: Be careful this season, but if you feel inclined, do book an appointment for a pedicure. The process will ensure that you are keeping your toes in good conditions, and preventing ingrown toenails. If you prefer to have your own pamper day, you can always get the essentials for your pedicure from your local pharmacy. Set aside one day in the week, such as the Sunday before Christmas, to allow yourself to pamper your feet. Have an Epsom salt soak for a few minutes, and then tackle clipping your toe nails, applying nail polish, applying cuticle oil, and allowing your toes to breathe.
Wear Appropriate Shoes: In some instances, some orthopaedic conditions such as hammertoes are actually induced by wearing shoes that are too small, or too high. For elevation with comfort, opt for shoes with wedges, that will balance your height appropriately.
These holiday tips should help you have happy feet in an interesting holiday season in 2020! Of course if you do have pain, feel free to consult with your orthopaedic specialist.