As the holidays move in and the end of the year quickly approaches, nothing can bring down your spirit quicker than a foot or ankle problem. Keep these tips in mind throughout the holiday season to ensure your feet and ankles are happy and healthy for the year to come.
Skip Fashion for Function
Between all the holiday outings and events, there are a lot of opportunities to rock your favorite winter footwear that’s been hanging in your closest since last season. However, be sure not to forgo fashion for comfort. High-heels, shoes with a narrow-fit or shoes that don’t get worn very often can cause a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Be sure to wear shoes that fit properly to prevent issues such as bunions, calluses, blisters and injuries.
Be Cautious of Ice and Snow
While ice and snow aren’t a problem for Floridians, you may encounter some colder weather if you venture further north for the holidays. When you’re walking outside, be on the lookout for icy patches you could easily slip and fall on. Sprained and fractured ankles are a common result of slipping on ice during this time of the year. If you do sustain an injury, make sure you rest and apply ice until your podiatrist can see you.
Pick the Right Pedicurist
The holidays are a popular time to treat yourself to a pedicure. Between the daylong shopping trips and endless holiday events, there are plenty of reasons to hit the salon to take care of your toes. Just be sure you pick a salon and a technician that follows all of the latest safety standards and practices to prevent picking up any bacteria that could lead to an infection.
Don’t Skip Your Daily Checks
Between all of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holidays, it can be easy to forget about the health of your feet. However, you should still be checking your feet daily to make sure there are no cuts, pain, swelling, ingrown toenails or other signs of arising problems – especially if you are diabetic or have other diseases impacting your blood flow and how quickly you heal.
See Your Podiatrist Before Your Insurance Deductible Resets
If you have met your insurance deductible for 2018, now is the best time to schedule your next podiatry appointment before it resets in the New Year. Whether you’re covered by an individual or group plan, you can make money-saving decisions now that will maximize your health care for the remainder of the year. This is the perfect opportunity to schedule any treatments you’ve been putting off or to set-up your yearly check-up before your deductible resets to 0 in 2019.
If you have been putting off treatment for your foot or ankle condition, give us a call to schedule your appointment before the year ends. At Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists, we have 9 South Florida locations to serve you and offer free transportation to our existing patients.