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How to Avoid Foot Pain This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, and while it can be a lot of fun, you could experience foot pain if you don’t take care. You need to be aware of how holidays can stress your feet so you can take measures to help avoid them. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, looks at some ways Thanksgiving can be tough on your feet.

Preventing foot pain around the holidays involves recognizing possible sources of pain and working to avoid them. Here’s how:


  1. Traveling: Traveling can be hard on your feet, especially if you’ll be in a vehicle or on a plane for several hours. When driving, leave 10-15 minutes early so you can stop to stretch your legs at a rest stop or gas station. When on a cross-country flight, stand up and move around when the pilot allows it to boost circulation in your feet and prevent clotting problems. Moving can help prevent calf tightening or muscle cramping, which can contribute to foot pain.


  1. Cooking: Odds are you’ll be involved in the cooking and/or the cleanup at some point. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes when you’re grocery shopping, and take breaks during the prep and cooking, so you’re not on your feet in the kitchen for several straight hours. If there are tasks you can do sitting down, it will take some stress off your feet. If you must stand, begin working early in the day so you can take a break to give your feet some rest.


  1. Eating: While this isn’t hard on your feet, it can create problems in other ways. A big feast that is rich in sugar and carbohydrates can cause your gout to flare up if that’s something you’re dealing with. Eat a balanced meal, avoid alcohol, and drink plenty of water.


  1. Extracurricular Activities: If you are participating in a turkey trot, be sure to pack your running shoes. If you’re planning a shopping spree on Black Friday, take along supportive and comfortable footwear. If you’ll be engaging in a little football game after the feast, wear shoes that are appropriate for the surface you’ll be playing on.


If you keep these tips in mind, we’re confident you can avoid foot pain this Thanksgiving. If you do experience any issues, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, today. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936


Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Dr. Hubert Lee

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