Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Shopping, decorations, parties and travel are an integral part of the festivities. But how do your feet feel during all this excitement? During the holiday season, you’ll probably be walking and dancing a lot, and you’ll also be standing or sitting for long periods of time. “According to a survey, half of Quebecers confirm that they have suffered from foot pain in their lifetime,” says our doctor, podiatrist, at the Downtown Podiatric Clinic and member of the Order of Podiatrists. “No one wants to slow down because of a pain or injury during the holidays, hence the importance of taking care of their feet so that they can hold up until the last hours of the festivities. Our clinic offers a few tips to keep your feet healthy (and happy) this holiday season:
- Moisturize your feet – Dry air and cold temperatures are bad for the skin. Apply a moisturizing lotion every day to prevent your skin from drying, cracking or becoming irritated.
- Exercise your feet – Stretching prevents muscle cramps. Avoid toe cramps by rolling, pointing and bending your toes for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles also helps to relax your feet. Cover your heel with your hand, then slowly rotate your ankle five times to loosen the joint. Repeat on the other ankle.
- Massage your feet – In addition to being very pleasant, a foot massage can relieve tension, improve circulation and refresh the skin after a long, demanding day. Take a few minutes to massage your feet at the end of a shopping day or reception. Kill two birds with one stone by using a lotion! Take care of your nails and feet – For many women, attractive toes are essential to their holiday look. Whether you go to a salon or take care of them yourself, make sure everything is done properly. “Never use a razor to remove dead skin. Instead, use a good pumice stone,” our doctor recommends. Don’t cut the cuticles; gently push them back with a rubber tool designed for this purpose. Use a nail clipper with a straight edge to cut nails very straight.
- Lift your legs – Feet and ankles can swell if you sit in the same position for too long (on a long flight to visit Grandma, for example) or if you stand all day (in the stores or in your kitchen). When lying down or sitting, raise your legs above your heart to reduce swelling.