We’re thick in the middle of the bustle and hustle of the holiday season. Numerous holiday parties, caroling, shopping trips, and other celebrations keep us on the go, and with so many distractions, it’s easy to neglect your feet. So today, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing his 5 top tips to keep your feet merry this holiday season.
1. Dry feet are merry feet. Many of our patients call their moisture-wicking socks a must-have for holiday feet. A synthetic/wool fiber blend will extract moisture from the skin, reducing the risk of fungal infections and blisters. Water-resistant footwear and padded socks and are crucial for keeping feet dry and safe in wintry weather conditions.
2. Keep toes toasty warm. With temperatures dropping, you need to outfit your feet appropriately before heading outside. In extreme temperatures, an added sock layer may be best. When choosing your shoes, be sure they can adapt to the extra bulk and still fit comfortably without being too loose or too tight. Don’t risk frostbite - tuck your toes into warm socks to avoid health issues or injuries.
3. Moisturize twice daily. For many people, their feet become cracked and dry when the temperatures begin to fall. This condition creates a threat to those with conditions such as diabetes. So keep your feet supple and happy by using a moisturizer twice daily to both the bottom and top of your feet. Be careful not to apply the lotion between the toes as it can create friction and cause infections and lesions.
4. Choose the proper shoes. Even though stilettos might look great with your favorite party dress, you need to keep high heels to a minimum. Consider changing to a lower heel option or comfort flats for dancing and mingling. When wearing high heels, your weight is unevenly distributed and can strain and injure arch muscles. With numerous advances in shoe technology, it’s easy to give your feet the support they need while remaining stylish.
When shopping for brand-new footwear, choose a style that provides adequate arch support, and take plenty of time to break your new shoes in before wearing them for an all-day shopping extravaganza or a night on the town.
5. Give them a break! Your holiday to-do list can mean a long day on your feet, so be sure to take frequent breaks to decrease the impact on your feet. Take some time to sit down and relax to rejuvenate your body and mind. Your feet will thank you for being ready and prepared for the next task.
With the holidays come many festivities and, for many people, added time on your feet. By following these holiday foot care tips, you can help avoid possible injury or fatigue.
Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is here to help you and your feet through the holiday season. If you encounter any issues, you can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.