The threat of COVID-19 may have changed global ecosystems but what it hasn’t changed is our holiday spirit. With so much happening in the world today, it can be particularly challenging to carry out your everyday routine. But amid all the challenges, it is essential not to lose sight of an important (yet underrated) issue – your foot health. Your feet need special care and attention every day. Keeping them healthy should be a part of your daily routine.
Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your foot health during this holiday season:
Wear appropriate shoes – Holiday activities such as traveling, cooking, shopping, and celebrating can take up a lot of your time and keep you on your feet for extended periods. Invest in a shoe that is both comfortable and supportive to help you navigate with ease.
Pay attention to aches and pains – If your feet feel tired or have swelled up after a long day of cooking, shopping, and celebrating, plan your rest periods carefully. Keep your feet elevated above your heart level to reduce swelling. A foot massage or a gentle foot rub can also help boost circulation and release stress in the lower extremities. Inspect your feet regularly and report any unusual changes or signs of discomfort to your podiatrist immediately.
Mind your diet –Your diet can affect your foot health in a variety of ways. Consuming good nutrition in the right proportions can help make your bones and muscles strong and healthy. Certain foods can help improve your bone health, while some may spike your blood sugar. Limit your intake of sodium, sugar, and trans fats. Include a healthy amount of leafy green vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and fish in your diet. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a steady body weight, which is beneficial for your feet.
Is traveling a part of your holiday plans? Remember to stay safe while trying to balance holiday season traditions with COVID-19 safety precautions. Plan and manage your risks carefully.
Have concerns about your foot health as you go home for the holidays? Contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can call us at either of our two convenient office locations: Brooklyn - Heights, NY (718) 624-7537 or Brooklyn, NY (718) 567-1403.