Thanksgiving is Thursday, and that means families are preparing for a long weekend full of family, food, and fun. But what many people don’t realize is that this time of year can be particularly trying on your feet. To help keep them healthy over the Thanksgiving weekend, today Dr. Timothy Barry of Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper is sharing his top four tips.

Here Are Some Ways Thanksgiving Can Affect Your Feet

Let’s take a look at some ways the Thanksgiving holiday weekend can put stress on your feet, and what you can do to prevent any pain and discomfort.

1. Long Hours On Your Feet: People who are preparing a big meal typically spend many hours on their feet. From peeling potatoes, prepping the turkey, baking the pies and then doing the dishes, long hours spent on your feet can overload them. While it may seem impossible, try to find some time to sit down even if it’s just for a few minutes. Try to complete some tasks while sitting and encourage others to chip in and help.

2. Long Hours Sitting Down: Many people travel for the holidays, and if you have an especially long trip, it can affect the circulation in your feet. So if you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet, wear compression stockings and take advantage of any opportunity to get up and move around. Movement improves circulation, which is required for healthy feet.

3. Footwear Selection: If you choose to battle the crowds on Black Friday, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Choose supportive and comfortable footwear that contours to your foot and doesn’t place too much stress on any one area. And by all means, don’t shop in high heels!

4. Watch Your Diet: While it may be difficult, try not to overeat. Too many sugars and carbs can contribute to pain and inflammation in your feet. And if you suffer from gout, Thanksgiving is a very difficult time to avoid an outbreak if you’re not careful, so go easy on the cocktails and pumpkin pie.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Timothy Barry and his team at Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper!