Foot Care for Holidays
by Dr. Richmond
It is holiday time again along with the long lines waiting to buy those special gifts. How will your feet and legs survive the pounding of pavements and standing for hours on hard concrete floors at the malls and running from department store to department store?
Holiday Shopping & Foot pain
There are a total of 206 bones found in the entire adult body. A total of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles/tendons are in each foot. Therefore, a quarter of all the bones in our body are found in the feet. This adds up to a lot of moving parts in your feet especially from Black Friday to Christmas during the holiday shopping season. “Shop until you drop” takes on a whole different meaning this time of the year. Depending on where you live standing in long lines in cold weather can be extremely frustrating as well as causing your feet to get cold, numb and sometimes painful. After a long day of shopping the muscles in the arch and legs can fatigue and get tired. The reason that happens is because the joints in the arch area of the foot can collapse and flatten out when you are walking or standing. Therefore, if you are not wearing shoes with good support, you can develop foot, leg and back problems which will put a damper on your holiday shopping.
Depending on whether one has a flat foot or a high arched foot will dictate how comfortable a pair of shoes will be. Flat feet can cause muscle spasms in your arches and legs when wearing flat shoe wear such as ballet or dress flats. High arches can cause ball of the foot pain and burning especially when wearing high heels or wedges. That is because the pitch or slope of the high heel or wedge forces the ball of the foot towards the ground and the shoes do not have enough padding in the toe box to absorb the pressure and cushion the weight on the ball of the foot. “So, shoes can trigger foot problems as much as certain types of foot structures can cause shoe problems.” Also the combination of having structural bone problems such as hammer toes, heel spurs and bunions can be aggravated by wearing the wrong type of shoe wear. Shoes that are too narrow can aggravate bone spurs that have developed over time on the foot causing blisters and corns to form. Therefore, shopping all day can be hazardous to your feet! Now a proven solution for aggregating hammer toe pain, bunion, or blisters are Jellyfeet™They are accommodating, therapeutic, and can be worn indoors or outdoors for short periods of time to provide direct foot pain relief, complimentary with topical creams, and emollients that your pharmacist, or Podiatrist may recommend too. I recommend my patients Jellyfeet™ for protecting their feet while walking barefoot or in socks on share communal surfaces indoors or outdoors. Jellyfeet™ are water-resistant, and reusable. Easy to clean and maintain with soap and water.
Prevent foot and shoe problems from ruining your holiday shopping experience while pounding the pavement from Black Friday to Christmas. The first thing is to plan out your shoe wardrobe before you shop. If you are going to shop after work, take a comfortable pair of shoes with you to change into such as tennis shoes, comfortable boots, or flats. If you are wearing heels or ballet type flats make sure you have a soft insole liner in those shoes that will cushion the impact when walking and standing. New this year, is Jellyfeet™Think about this…when you’re exhausted from wearing any of the above mentioned footwear and your feet just need a quick seal of moisturizer, or pain relief from that blister you’ve developed from walking throughout the mall- slip on your pair of Jellyfeet™ from quick on the go spurts. Jellyfeet™ are meant to be worn for short periods of time between travels, in and out of the car, and short term pain relief.
Another way of making Jellyfeet™ supportive and comfortable that do not provide adequate support and comfort is to place over the counter arch products that can stick or be placed into the arch of the shoe. They will reduce the pressure placed on the ball of the foot when wearing heels and provide instant arch support and relief. Another really cool feature about Jellyfeet™ is how you can insert your customer orthotic, toe-filler, heel lift inside of the Jellyfeet™ Think about when you must remove your shoes when entering someone’s house, religious temple, or indoor facility that requires you to take off your shoes.
On the Go Foot Therapy
Jellyfeet™ are fantastic for providing short term relief for blisters, callus feet, and giving your feet more arch support. For example, slide in the correct stick in the arch of open toed shoes, backless heels, sandals and flip flops and make them comfortable as well as supportive.
With all over-the-counter arch products in the marketplace, bulk is the main issue and the product can take up too much room in the suitcase or carryon. Jellyfeet™ are small, discrete, and airport friendly. They can fit inside your purse, backpack, or gym bag.
I always tell my patients the first thing you want to do after shopping all day is kick your shoes off and put on your favorite pair of comfortable slippers. Soaking your feet in warm water if your feet are cold or cold water/ice if your feet are hot can also take the edge off. Top it off with getting a foot massage using essential oils such as Lavender Oil, it will relax and sooth the muscles in your feet! Last, but certainly not least…slip on your Jellyfeet™ to lock in all the essential oils, and moisturizers.
Walk Happily Ever After this Holiday Shopping Season.