Chanukah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. Let the celebrating begin. But wait! Before you do, as a Seattle podiatrist I wouldn’t be getting you in the proper mood for the holidays if I didn’t give you my top 5 tips for getting your feet ready to party.

1. Get Rid of Dry Feet

No one likes the look of rough, dry skin on the feet. It can be merely unsightly or it can lead to infection, cracking, and pain. People with a chronic condition such as diabetes or an auto-immune disorder can be particularly at risk. Skin softening and deep moisturizing creams can be a tremendous help. You can try a foot cream like Gold Bond Foot Softening Cream or a gel sock if you have mild to moderate skin dryness. For more severe cracking and pain you should see a podiatrist to make sure your feet aren't infected.  At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we have creams that contain urea for more advanced heel and foot dryness. 

2. Get Your Feet Ready for the Dance Floor

Before hitting the dance floor, make sure you inspect your feet for ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, call us and we’ll take care of your feet so you don’t ruin your holiday fun. 

3. Give Your Toenails a Nail Polish Break

Most nail polishes contain chemicals that can cause your toenails to become dry and brittle. Winter is a great time to give your toenails a break. But if you plan to be in a warmer climate for the holidays or wear open-toed sandals as part of your celebration, use a safer polish like Dr.’s Remedy. It doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals found in most polish and won't weaken your nails making them more susceptible to toenail fungus.

4. Bring Along an Extra Pair of Shoes

Although I never advocate high heels, I know you’re likely to wear them when you’re out celebrating. Do yourself a favor. Bring a second pair of shoes with you. A one inch heel is best with a larger toebox. That way if you’re feet are killing you, you’ll have a backup plan.

5. Watch Out for Slippery Conditions

The last thing your going to want for Christmas is a sprained or broken ankle. Wear your flatter shoes when walking to and from your celebrations. If you do twist an ankle be sure to follow the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) until you can call your podiatrist.

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