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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
November 11, 2013
Category: Heel pain
Tags: heel pain   foot pain   Thanksgiving   Christmas   Hanukkah  

It's that time of year again.  Already.  The heat of summer is gone and the memories of warm sunshine and outdoor activities are fading into the fall colors, chilly air and thoughts of Thanksgiving dinners. This yeah, Hanukkah is beginning during the Thanksgiving holiday with December holiday parties and Christmas right after.

What comes with holiday preparations are the delicious aromas of home cooking.  Whether hosting dinners, making someting to 'bring with', or baking holiday cookies, there's nothing quite like walking into a house with the warmth and smells of your favorite foods.  To me, it isn't Thanksgiving without the aroma. There has to be something in the air.

What does this have to do with foot care other than putting on extra weight from all the good food or dressing up in tight shoes for some of those holliday parties?  It starts with all the preparation.  I see plenty of patients with heel pain starts up, or a flareup of heel pain that has previously been resolved at this time of year.  Why?  Because the food preparation people tend to do wo while barefoot, in slippers or in stocking feet, spending a great deal of time standing pretty much in one place.  

Humans were meant to walk, not stand.  The standing in one place, for such a period of time, with little or no protection for the feet is what can trigger the pain.  Add on the house cleaning and decoration in preparing for company or even just for the decorating process and you have a recipe for pain at a time when you don't have time to deal with the pain.  Did I also mention the hours spent shopping in the malls and other stores? Ouch.

Let's leave you with a few helpful hints to deal with the stress that the holiday season can place on your feet.

1. If you're on your feet, protect them.  Socks or slippers are NOT enough when you are spending so much time on the hard floors of the kitchen.  Wear supportive shoes, sneakers, Crocs, anything that will substantially protect your feet.

2. As possible, do as much of the preparation while sitting on a chair or kitchen stool.  Even propping one foot up onthe rung of a stoll can be of help.

3. The same goes for while you're decorating the house.

4. You know the malls are crowded, lots of waiting on line, many hours of being on your feet.  Dress for comfort, not show.  It's cold out in most areas of the country.  Leave the flip flops and junk shoes at home.

5. Uggs are warm and toasty but have absolutely no support.  But if you absolutely can't live without them, let us provide you with our Powerstep OTC orthotics for immediate comfort and support.  For what it's worth, the orthotics you get from the pharmacies, shoe stores and displays with the computerized images aren't worth the packaging. Right idea, but inferior quality.  Really inferior. And a waste of your hard-earned money.  Depending on your particular situation, we may recommend custom orthotics for long-term relief.

6. If you do develop some arch pain or heel pain, contact us for an appointment.  We'll schedule an appointment quickly, we have a tremendous 'on-time' record, so you won't have to worry about fitting an appointment into your tight holiday schedule.  More importantly, we'll do our best to relieve your pain quickly so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, comfortably.  


I hope you can enjoy the preparations, meals, and company of family and friends over the holiday season in perfect comfort.






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