avoid-common-christmas-injuriesWith the festive party season in full swing and holidays just around the corner, Podiatrists are urging everyone to take extra caution, to stay safe, injury-free and happy this Christmas. The best Christmas present you can yourself and family is; Healthy Feet.

 As much as we love this holiday and celebration period, it can sometimes take its toll on our feet. Whether it is lugging heavy Christmas presents around the shopping centre whilst stressing if you have everything organised in time for Christmas Day, or it’s a musculoskeletal injury from an intense run along the beach after months of inactivity, it can be a stressful time on the feet and body many ways.

In order to enjoy a healthy and injury-free holiday, your Podiatrist is encouraging you to focus on your health, both physically and mentally.

Invest in footwear that fits you Since we only have one set of feet, it’s important to have shoes that not only compliment us, but comfort us as we go through our day. Purchasing proper footwear that focuses on ensuring support and safety will save you money and health concerns in the long run.

Mix up your heel height. Ladies if you find yourself wearing heels more often during this period I recommend switching between higher and lower heeled shoes. Wear flats and trainers where possible, limit time in stiletto heels and favour wedges or block heels which offer more support. Calf and hamstring stretches daily can help with tight muscles caused by wearing high heels.

Exfoliate your feet regularly. Use a foot scrub or pumice stone to keep your feet feeling soft and smooth. If the build up of hard, dry skin is beyond the humble pumice stone avoid the urge to use sharp instruments on your feet. Instead, book in with a podiatrist for a professional treatment.

Moisturise your feet daily. Be sure to apply cream to the soles of your feet as well as the tops and avoid applying moisturiser in between your toes as this can lead to fungal infection.

Don’t tough it out. While it’s easy to be stoic, hoping things will improve on their own; it’s not the best solution. Do the hard work of addressing the foot issue at an early stage well before the pain has the chance to move all over the body.

 Put your feet up. Warm weather and standing for long periods can lead to swelling in your feet and ankles. Elevate your legs above the level of your heart to reduce any swelling which may develop.

 The frozen water bottle trick. Freeze a bottle of water and roll it back and forth underneath the arch and heel to massage tired, sore feet.

Be sun smart. The feet are often overlooked when applying sun cream, however, they are an area that is prone to skin cancers. Don’t forget to protect your feet from the sun this summer.