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5 Tips for Healthy Holiday Feet, December 2017

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Don’t let sore, achy feet ruin your holiday season. Here are five tips for healthy holiday feet:

  1. IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT 
    • When hitting the dance floor and shopping malls this season, don’t compromise comfort and safety. Protect your feet from blisters, calluses and ankle injuries with the right shoes for the occasion.
  2. WATCH FOR ICE & SNOW
    • Holiday winter wonderlands can be beautiful but also dangerous for ankles. Use caution when traveling outdoors and watch for ice or snow patches along your trail.  There is often an increase in ankle injuries during the winter months so be careful.
  3. DON’T OVERINDULGE IN HOLIDAY CHEER
    • Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer—overindulging in certain foods high in uric acid can cause painful gout attacks in your feet.  If you suffer from a gout attack, call your doctor.
  4. LISTEN TO YOUR FEET...THEN LOOK AT THEM
    • Don’t let foot pain ruin your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters or calluses. If you are a diabetic, the need for regular inspections increases tenfold, as the loss of sensation can mask problems that can become very serious very quickly.  
  5. BE PEDICURE SAFETY CONSCIOUS
    • Reduce your risk of bacterial infections, including MRSA, during your holiday pedicure by choosing a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.

             Contributed by: Dr. Stephano Militello and Dr. Anthony Lalama of Premier Foot and Ankle located at 17900 23 Mile Rd #204 in Macomb, Michigan. They are members of The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan’s largest physician organizations                   representing more than 2,200 physicians in metro Detroit. For more health information and tips, visit www.premierfootandanklemi.com.

 

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information or if you have a medical concern.

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