For many patients, this time of year is a happy one filled with family and friends, parties and celebrations. Nothing can wreck that good time like foot pain! Here are some tips from Jason Grossman, DPM to keep your feet feeling great into the New Year:
- Check your feet regularly. Become familiar with their shape, color, and any irregularities. Take note of changes. If it’s hard to see your feet from a sitting or standing position, put a small mirror on the floor to help you.
- Maintain a healthy weight. It’s easy to overindulge at the holidays, but extra weight means extra stress on the bones, muscles, and tendons of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Enjoy everything in moderation and stick to your exercise plan.
- Protect yourself from falls that can result in foot and ankle injuries. Wear sensible footwear in winter weather. Invest in a pair of insulated, waterproof boots and some warm, woolen socks. Save your fancy shoes for the parties and bring them with you to change into upon arrival.
- Get off your feet. If you’re planning a shopping date with a friend, schedule lunch or a coffee break as part of your day. Use the time to get off your feet, catch up, and enjoy each other’s company.
- Start each morning by stretching in bed. Curl your toes, then flex them. Point your ankles, then flex them, too. Roll your ankles in one direction, then the other.
- Avoid ingrown toenails. Trim toenails carefully. Use a clipper, rather than scissors. Trim straight across without rounding corners.
Of course, the best way to keep your feet feeling great is with regular visits to the podiatrist. When was the last time you were seen by a foot doctor? Jason Grossman, DPM is a board-certified specialist with decades of experience. Dr. Grossman will be happy to provide you with a thorough examination and will expertly diagnose any existing or potential issues, then work with you to create an individualized, effective treatment plan. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Old Bridge or Sayreville offices today.