‘Tis the season for sky high, closed-toe stilettos, wedges and glitzy strap sandals. But how do you ensure foot comfort and health while donning fashionable footwear for the holidays?
Boston Common Podiatry, led by established Boston podiatrist and board certified foot surgeon Jordana Szpiro, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S., offers six key tips for keeping your feet in tip-top shape during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
If you suffer from:
Hammertoes – Be sure that if you’re wearing closed-toe shoes and that they are the correct size and have adequate room in the toe box.
Ingrown toenails – Avoid pointy toed shoes or shoes that are too small.
Flat feet or fallen arches – It’s best to find shoes with good arch support. Even in high heels, certain shoes have more contoured arches than others.
Plantar fasciitis – Contrary to popular belief, flat shoes aren’t the best solution for all foot problems. Heels will actually feel better than flatter shoes, but be sure to stretch your calf and behind the ankle well before bed. If you’re having pain in the bottom of the heels, avoid any type of kitten heel.
Ankle weakness or previous foot/ankle injury – Heels make your ankles very vulnerable to inversion injuries and sprains, so it’s best to wear something with an ankle strap and thicker heel. Wedges can be particularly destabilizing.
Additionally, avoid frostbite if you are out in open sandals by wearing tights or nylons if possible. Take transportation when possible, even if you’re not travelling a great distance and have a pair of socks handy for when in transit. If you think you may have suffered prolonged exposure, soak in warm, not hot water before bed and wear warm socks to bed.
According to Dr. Szpiro, “You can still wear the hottest styles, but choose wisely. If you have ongoing foot issues, these recommendations should be taken into consideration to ensure comfort and avoid further aggravation of the foot condition.”
About Boston Common Podiatry
Boston Common Podiatry specializes in the treatment of foot conditions including pain, fractures and sports-related injuries; complicated foot conditions caused by diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease; pediatric podiatry and molded orthotics. From athletes and dancers to marathon runners and high-heeled fashionistas to seniors and children, the renowned Boston Common Podiatry cares for patients from the greater Boston and Cape Cod areas.
The practice’s physicians are affiliated with Partner’s Healthcare, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. The office is handicapped accessible and they offer convenient, on-site x-ray services.
Boston Common Podiatry is one of the few practices in the area offering two of the newest, most advanced treatments: Keryflex, which is a new and innovative solution to fungal or dystrophic nails and the innovative GenesisPlus Nd:YAG laser by Cutera, the most powerful FDA-cleared laser for the treatment of warts, fungus, scars and thermal resurfacing. Boston Common Podiatry is located at 264 Beacon Street, Second Floor, Boston, MA. For more information contact 617-262-2266 or visit bostoncommonpodiatry.com.