Shopper’s Feet

Tired Feet and Legs holding you back from Last Minute Shopping?

The holidays are here, but there is still time for those last minute shoppers to get in a few more deals! Unless you are shopping from the luxury of your computer, your feet and legs must endure those long lines waiting to buy those special gifts. Hours and hours walking in search of the perfect gift and then standing in line to buy it can be painful.

“Shop until you drop”

That phrase is taking a whole new meaning this time of year! Depending on where you are shopping inside or outside at the outlets standing in long lines in the cold can be mentally exhausting and physically draining on your feet; which might cause you feet and legs to get really cold and start to feel numb. After a long day of holiday shopping your muscles in your arch can become fatigued and tired. This feeling is caused by the flattening of your arch when walking or standing for long periods of time. Thus, much of your foot aches and pains can be generally avoided with the use of arch supports and wearing good supportive shoes.

We advise to all of our patients to take preventative measures to avoid foot and ankle woes from ruining your holiday shopping. First, pick out proper footwear for the day’s events. If you are coming straight from work make sure you switch into a pair of comfortable shoes with good arch supports i.e. custom made orthoses or orthotics; in some cases, regular over the counter inserts can do the job. If you are wearing flats or heels make sure you have an insole in these shoes to lower the impact when walking or standing. These types of shoes tend to provide less support.

If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health during the last minute holiday shopping rush don’t hesitate, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.

By Coralia Terol

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