Worried Your Flat Feet Won’t Hold Up During the Holidays?
Flat feet plague many Americans and perhaps one of the worst times to have fallen arches is the winter holiday season. Why? Many people are destined to spend hours standing in line waiting to pay for holiday gifts, see Santa or mail holiday cards and packages. There are also those cocktail parties, holiday caroling sessions and strolls through the Christmas lights that will undoubtedly have people on their feet for long stretches of time too. So what should a flat-footed individual do at this time of year? Your Clearwater podiatrist has some answers:
Arch Supports, Socks and Shoes
Donning a first-rate pair of arch supports, therapeutic socks and proper footwear before heading out to enjoy hours of holiday fun is one option to consider. Your podiatrist can help you find just the right ones. Once you have them on, they’ll help ease the amount of pressure being put on your body and keep the blood flowing in the right direction.
While you’re standing in line, consider doing a bit of exercise as well. We’re not talking about channeling your inner Jack LaLanne here. Otherwise, you might attract the attention of the mall security guards. Simple ankle rotations and walking in place may help to reduce edema and give your flat feet a bit of a break.
If you happen to be in a shopping mall or center where foot massages are available, take advantage of them periodically. They are likely to make you feel better and it’s a great excuse to carve out a few quiet moments for yourself. If you can’t visit a professional, tuck a personal foot massager into your purse. That way, you can lightly massage your own feet during the car ride home.
Lastly, there are certain foods and nutritional supplements available that may reduce edema caused by standing on flat feet for hours at a time. The list includes potassium rich foods like raisins, bananas, baby carrots, nuts and yogurt. So, you may want to pack a snack for those trips to the mall or hit the food court before you hit the stores.