Everyone is filled to the brim with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. etc. As everyone takes their plates of sweet potato or pumpkin pie, you may be sharing what you’re thankful for: family, friends, good health, success at work, or other accomplishments. Well, this year, we encourage you to add one more to the list – your feet. Yep, that’s right, your feet! If you think about it, they work so hard each and every day to keep you mobile and balanced. You probably don’t even think twice about all the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that are working together to keep you standing.
Well here’s your chance to appreciate your feet by treating them to some extra care:
- One of the best things you can do for your feet is to get out of those uncomfortable shoes! While looks may be important, you may be ignoring your feet’s painful cries of wanting you to wear more comfortable and supportive shoes. And you may want to consider it now, before issues arise (e.g. bunions, corns and calluses, heel and arch pain).
- Find ways to reduce your time in uncomfortable shoes, like changing when you’re out of the office, or finding nice looking flats with orthotic inserts. Leave comfortable shoes in your bag, office drawer, or car. Your feet will thank you and you may even experience a lightened mood!
- Make time to give your feet a massage every now and then – or even daily! A simple foot rub can release tension that your feet may be holding onto, and encourage blood and fluid circulation. Use your thumbs in circular motions on the top and bottom of the feet, or use a golf ball on the floor and roll your foot around on it. Best of all, grab a partner and help each other to a nice foot rub.
- Doing some shopping on the days after Thanksgiving? While it’s great that you will be burning some of those calories off, don’t forget to rest. Try to “rest” in a store where you can “try” a foot or chair massage. Just don’t forget to wash your feet when you get home!
- The next time you’ve had a long day of standing, go home to a warm foot soak with Epsom salt to relieve pain, swelling, and tension. After the soak, elevate the feet to increase circulation and reduce swelling.
- Do an assessment of the food you eat and how much exercise you’re getting. Your feet will appreciate a nutritious diet including calcium, vitamin D, protein, and antioxidants. As for exercise, figure out how you can include physical activity, at least 3 times a week, including foot-related exercises. Your feet will be stronger and will thank you by preventing you from getting injured.
And of course, don’t forget to come see our podiatrists! We will help you keep your feet in tip-top shape! Make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our foot doctors, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to treat your feet and ankles to keep them strong.