This time of year sparkles to me. In spite of some statistics I’ve read about holiday depression, people genuinely seem more cheerful when the holiday lights are twinkling and the snow is falling—even the faux-snow that falls here in the shopping centers of Los Angeles. It’s magical!
But the holidays do pose some risks to our feet, primarily through footwear which may look great, or feel great, but does not really support the needs of the foot and the rest of the body.
High heels spell glamour, and because they displace your weight forward, stilettos do make your rear-view higher and perkier. Enjoy them on the dance-floor on New Year’s Eve, but don’t wear killer heels too many nights in a row. Wearing high heels shortens your stride and shortens the calf-muscles, which strains surrounding ligaments and tendons. The narrow, pointed toe-box of a stiletto may also cause hammertoes, bunions and simply PAIN.[/three_four_last]
SLIPPERS BY THE FIRESIDE
And those butter-soft sheepskin (faux or real) boot-slippers also come with a warning. Remember who invented them: Australian surfers who wanted to warm up their feet on the beach. These fluffy-lined boots do feel like heaven when you come in from the cold. So slip on a pair, have a festive beverage and enjoy. But remember: these shoes really are slippers, and give your feet absolutely no support. If you do a lot of walking or standing in them, your arches will complain.
MY ADVICE: Gently stretch your feet every morning before dressing. Do some “grabs” – literally grab at the carpet or rug with your bare toes to get circulation going. Then roll a tennis ball under the arch of your foot to stimulate and relax this area. This rolling action will “open up” the area and help prevent tears and other injuries.
Also, consider purchasing dress and sport orthotics for your shoes, especially if you’ll be shopping, partying, standing in the kitchen cooking and baking, and visiting loved ones this holiday season.
Wishing you happy holidays and healthy feet, from our family to yours.