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Happy Feet are Healthy Feet: Common Sense Tips on Taking Care of Your Feet to Survive the Holiday Season

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have a foot or ankle problem, you are not feeling the pain alone. Four out of every five Americans suffer some sort of foot problem. These problems can eventually cause pain throughout the skeletal structure, and manifest themselves as pain in the knee, hip or back.

How your feet feel can be a reflection of your general health. If they hurt, they may be signaling more serious conditions. They may be your first indication of serious medical problems such as: Arthritis, Diabetes, and Nerve & Circulatory Disorders.

Dr. Keren of the Happy Feet Clinic in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, offers practical tips for the holiday season, so you can keep your feet healthy and avoid unnecessary stress and complications.

  1. Keep your feet happy, and therefore, healthy. Lots of holiday shopping usually means lots of walking, sometimes running and it can all add up to painful feet! Moisturize, stretch and message your feet. This will release tension, increase circulation and rejuvenate the skin after a long day on your feet.
  2. Wear Smart Shoes - No high heels! (Or flip-flops, or sandals...) If you know you will be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with arch support and a padded sole.
  3. Point Your Toes. Avoid toe cramping by raising, pointing and curling your toes for five seconds each and repeat 10 times. You won't even break a sweat!
  4. Elevate Your Legs. Reduce swelling by lying down and lifting legs above your heart.
  5. Rotate Your Ankles. Relax your feet by rotating your ankles, cupping your heel and turning each ankle slowly. This loosens the ankle joints.
  6. Socks are Important. If you go bare, your foot may slide, causing blisters. Wear a thin cotton sock, which will absorb sweat. Avoid nylon-it causes excessive sweating.
  7. If you got gout, watch what you eat and drink. Avoid gout attacks by paying attention to what you eat and drink. Stay away from foods that are purine-rich such as shellfish, red meats, red wine and beer.
  8. For people who are obese. Obese people should exercise and maintain a healthy diet, especially during the holiday season. Obesity worsens foot problems, like heel pain and flat feet; sore feet make it hard to exercise and lose weight, and without exercise, obesity worsens and aggravates the progression of diabetes, heart disease and other vicious health threats.
  9. Be safe and beware of your footwear. This winter's fashionable high-heeled boots put women at risk for slips, falls, and injuries on ice and snow. These popular boots typically feature tall, spiked heels and narrow, pointed toes. This makes you unstable when walking or standing on dry surface, and is dangerous on a slippery ice or snow surface. Scuff-up the soles of new boots, or buy adhesive rubber soles to provide better traction.

Dr. Keren opened a new clinic in Buffalo Grove, IL, specializing in:

* Custom Foot Orthotics for adults and children

* Diabetic complications

* Adult foot & ankle injuries

* Pediatric foot & ankle problems

* Work related injuries (worker's comp cases)

For more information To schedule an appointment call Dr. Ashley Keren, Podiatrist at: 847 415 2840.

SOURCE Happy Feet Clinic

SOURCE Happy Feet Clinic
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