Sole Sav­ing:

ALEX BRAM­LEY, PRIN­CI­PAL PO­DI­A­TRIST HIN­KLER PO­DI­A­TRY

Bundaberg Style - - WELCOME -

Hin­kler Po­di­a­try shares the best tips for en­sur­ing your feet sur­vive the up­com­ing silly sea­son.

WITH all the chaos and colour of Christ­mas, the last thing peo­ple have time for is foot pain.

Foot pain af­fects one in five peo­ple and can re­sult in a loss of pro­duc­tiv­ity and time off work. In or­der to avoid some com­mon fes­tive foot prob­lems, it is sim­ple to re­mem­ber a few golden rules and you will be deck­ing the halls with­out pain.

Shop­ping Marathon:

One of the re­al­i­ties of Christ­mas time is shop­ping. Presents to buy, gro­ceries to stock, parcels to post - all re­quir­ing a con­sid­er­able amount of walk­ing and stand­ing on hard sur­faces. Even slow walk­ing will rack up 10,000 steps (2-3km) in two hours.

If your shop­ping ex­pe­di­tions are four to six hours, it may be pos­si­ble to be walk­ing six to seven kilo­me­tres. Be pre­pared for this level of ac­tiv­ity and ap­proach it like any dis­tance event.

Sup­port­ive footwear and ad­e­quate hy­dra­tion (water, not cof­fee) will al­low you to fin­ish strong, rather than limp home tired and sore.

High Heels and Al­co­hol:

The ad­verse health ef­fects of wear­ing high heel shoes have been doc­u­mented many times. It is in­evitable how­ever that the fash­ion of the day will mean that many peo­ple will reach for their Chris­tian Louboutin-in­spired stilet­tos and head for the dance floor.

Al­co­hol con­trib­utes to feet swelling.

If you plan to en­joy a fes­tive drink or two, it may be sen­si­ble to en­sure that your feet have room to move. Tight straps can cause corns, cal­lous, blis­ters and many other painful prob­lems that will see you car­ry­ing your shoes, not wear­ing them. Al­co­hol also con­trib­utes to un­steadi­ness and a loss of bal­ance. This com­bined with a heel height may re­sult in an­kle sprains and falls. Stud­ies have found that in Aus­tralia, the peak in­ci­dence of shoe-re­lated an­kle in­juries oc­curs be­tween Novem­ber and Jan­uary, pre­dom­i­nately af­fect­ing women aged 20-35.

Heels that are lower and broader have a greater sur­face area and are more sta­ble than a spiked stiletto. A com­mon in­jury seen at this time of year is cap­suli­tis and bur­si­tis of the metatarsal heads. This is when the ball of the foot be­comes swollen, in­flamed and feels bruised. There may also be a feel­ing of burn­ing and numb­ness in the toes caused by nerve ir­ri­ta­tion (neu­ri­tis). To avoid this, try to choose a shoe with a thicker, shock-ab­sorb­ing sole at the fore­foot. At the end of the night, spend­ing a few min­utes with the balls of the foot on an ice-pack be­fore head­ing to bed will re­duce swelling and re­duce the amount of pain you may feel in the morn­ing.

If pain con­tin­ues, con­sult­ing a health pro­fes­sional is rec­om­mended. Po­di­a­trists can man­age both acute and chronic foot and an­kle in­jury. At Hin­kler Po­di­a­try, we have an ex­pe­ri­enced team backed with ev­i­dence-based di­ag­nos­tic and treat­ments, help­ing you achieve your po­ten­tial.

BEST FOOT FOR­WARD: Sup­port­ive footwear is al­ways ad­vis­able when pre­par­ing for a long shop­ping trip.

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