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8 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Athlete on Your List

If you’re still shopping for holiday gifts, try surprising an athlete with something that adds to the enjoyment of their sport. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm offers these ideas to help you finish your 2019 holiday shopping. As an added bonus, many of these gifts support great foot health, which is our raison d’être here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center.

  1. Socks. These may not be the most original holiday gift idea, but they sure don’t have to be dull. Specialty athletic shoe stores carry colorful socks designed for individual sports like hiking, biking, and running, with added cushioning in all the right places.
  2. Stuff to keep them warm. Toe warmers that can be tucked into shoes can be excellent motivators to continue walking or running during the colder months. Hand warmers, lightweight running gloves, and arm warmers that are really just portable sleeves are some other great ideas for locking in warmth.
  3. A heart rate monitor helps keep their heart pumping in the proper range of beats per minute for maximum performance.
  4. Bicycle bell or mirror. Help protect a cyclist from harm on the road by equipping them with a rear-view mirror that clips on to their handlebars. A bell is another essential safety item; it serves to warn other cyclists or pedestrians that you and your bike are approaching.
  5. Foam roller. Rolling your feet, arms, legs, back, or neck over a long, firm cylinder made of foam helps relax tight muscles – great for athletes of all types and levels. A deep tissue massage ball serves the same purpose and can more easily hone in on small problem areas.
  6. Sport-specific sunglasses protect the eyes, minimize glare, and are designed to stay put.
  7. Epsom salts that you add to warm water provide a soothing soak for sore feet and other body parts.
  8. A gift certificate to their favorite retail or online sports store. One size fits all!

One of the greatest gifts in life is excellent health care, which you’ll always find at our podiatry office in Centreville, Virginia. When you need expert foot or ankle care in Fairfax County, including treatment for sports injuries, contact us online or call (703) 996-3000.

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