‘Tis the season to deck the halls and feel tidings of comfort and joy, but it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit when you’re so preoccupied with your foot pain. It can definitely keep you from having a holly jolly Christmas. You might be thinking that instead of braving the department stores to find the perfect gift for that special someone, online shopping is extremely appealing because you can use your fingers and not your feet. If foot pain is making you feel like a Grinch this holiday season, try asking Santa for the following gifts to help your foot pain.
1. Foot massager
It would be great if your significant other, daughter or even dog could give you a nice, long, relaxing foot massage. But sometimes this just isn’t an option, especially every day. Instead, get yourself a foot massager to help your aching feet. If you really want to splurge, try the HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager. You’ll get soothing relief for arch pain, heel pain, and plantar fasciitis just to name a few.
2. Foot bath
Think of how good it feels to soak in a warm Jacuzzi or take a hot shower after a long day. Sometimes all your feet need is some rest and a good soak, and a foot bath can do just that. Whether you decide to give yourself a fancy bath that bubbles or soak your feet in the tub, it will do the trick.
3. Foot moisturizer
When you finish up with your foot bath, dry your feet and rub on a nice, thick moisturizer. This will help prevent calluses and keep your heels from cracking, both of which can lead to foot pain.
4. Clean socks
Then follow that moisturizer application by putting on a nice clean pair of cotton socks. If you don’t routinely wear clean socks, you should definitely ask Santa for those! Not just because it’s good hygiene, but because it can actually help prevent you from getting toenail fungus, Athlete’s Foot, or peeling feet. Plus, your feet will probably smell better too!
5. New shoes
Often times you can help alleviate your foot pain simply by wearing shoes that fit your feet correctly. This might mean going shoe shopping, in which case you’ll want to look for shoes that offer good arch support, have a wide enough toe box, are the right size (have a shoe salesman measure your feet), don’t aggravate already-existing problems likes bunions or hammertoes, and just feel all around comfortable to walk in.
6. Flip flops
Now we aren’t suggesting constantly wearing flip flops because they won’t help your foot pain at all, but we are saying you should wear them anytime you’re in a public place where toenail fungus thrives, such as locker rooms or public swimming pools. The last thing you want to have to worry about is getting rid of toenail fungus.
7. Nail clippers
Keeping your nails clean and cut straight across will help prevent ingrown toenails and is part of good foot care hygiene.
8. Anti-fatigue mat
If you have a job that requires you to stand for long periods of time, or you find yourself spending many hours in your kitchen, an anti-fatigue mat can help with fatigue that causes foot pain and discomfort.
9. Appointment with a podiatrist
While all of the above gifts are fun to give and receive, ultimately the best gift you can give yourself is to make an appointment with a qualified podiatrist to have your foot pain evaluated. The sooner you treat your foot pain the better, or else it will only get worse. If you’re in the New York area contact a podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
10. The informative e-book below
It’s Santa’s job to determine whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice, but we’d like to give you a gift right now. Download the free e-book below to learn more foot problems causing your foot pain.