You’ve got a lot on your to-do list when it comes to planning for the holidays: food for the party? Check. Greeting cards purchased? Check. Affordable gifts for all the siblings, children, and in-laws? Check. And unless you’re doing all your shopping online, you’re going to be doing a lot of running around from place to place.
One way to ensure a happy holiday is to complete your shopping marathon in shoes that can handle the job. Nobody understands better than Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center the pain that patients feel when they spend a lot of time in shoes that don’t protect or support.
Here are some ideas for choosing shoes that will help keep your feet happy this season:
- Make sure they’re still functional. They may be your most comfortable, go-to pair, but that could mean you’ve had them so long that they’re stretched out or that the supportive padding has flattened out to nothing. A lack of support in the arch, for example, could mean chronic heel pain in the not-too-distant future. Stretched-out shoes may flop around and cause you to fall down.
- Are you sure they still fit? Not only do shoes wear out, but they also can’t automatically compensate for changes in your foot, such as bunions or hammertoes. Physical deformities such as these will benefit from a shoe with a wide toe box, something your favorite shoe repertoire may be lacking. Furthermore, your foot doesn’t remain the same size throughout your adult life. Stop and have your feet measured at a reputable shoe store to make sure you’re not squeezing them into a size too small.
- Dress for the weather. Chances are you’ll be walking the street or parking lot as well as inside the stores. Wear boots that provide traction in snow, sleet, and ice if you have to go out in lousy weather.
- Skip the high heels. A supportive flat or a chunky, short heel will be safer and more comfortable than a pump or spike.
Without professional help from a podiatrist, painful feet can provide “gifts” that keep on giving. If you have foot pain that lasts more than a day or two, nip the problem in the bud by calling us at our office in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000. You can also make an appointment online.