A lot of the people I know are starting to get starting to get ready for Thanksgiving today, but not in the way you might think. While many of you are prepping your turkeys and mashing your potatoes, others are gearing up for the fun of Black Friday and mentally preparing themselves for the endless hours of shopping.
If you fall into the latter group, I’m here to tell you that planning to prevent foot pain should be part of your preparations. When contemplating long hours standing in line waiting for door-buster deals or mad-dashes to grab the last Furby Boom, you need to select a pair of shoes that will let you get your shopping done in comfort.
While you might be tempted to try on the latest fashions in your high heels, it’s a really bad idea. Not only will your feet ache by the end of the day, but you’ll also be leaving yourself open to ankle sprains and other injuries.
Here are some tips to keep your feet happy as you shop this Black Friday:
- Wear walking shoes or sneakers to avoid foot pain
- Wear cotton socks to absorb keep your feet dry and avoid athlete’s foot
- Be sure to take plenty of sitting breaks, as standing all day puts lots of pressure on your feet. You get extra points if you’re able to elevate your feet during the breaks to avoid swelling
- When you get home, stretch and flex your feet. You might even want to soak them in a hot tub to help them recover from all the hard work they’ll be doing for you
Follow these tips and I’m fairly certain your feet will feel great as we leave Black Friday behind and head into the rush of December holiday madness. But if for some reason you find yourself experiencing foot pain after your marathon shopping, come see your Houston podiatrist at Tanglewood Foot Specialists as soon as possible.