Don’t let sore, achy feet ruin your holiday season. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers five tips for healthy holiday feet.

If the shoe fits, wear it. When hitting the dance floor and shopping malls this season, don’t compromise comfort and safety. Protect your feet from blisters, calluses, and ankle injuries with the right shoes for the occasion.

Don’t overindulge in holiday cheer. Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer – overindulging in certain foods high in uric acid can cause painful gout attacks in your feet.

Be pedicure safety conscious. Reduce your risk of bacterial infections, including MRSA, during your holiday pedicure by choosing a salon that follows proper sanitation practices and is licensed by the state.

Watch for ice and snow. Holiday winter wonderlands can be beautiful but also dangerous for ankles. Use caution when traveling outdoors and watch for ice or snow patches along your trail.

Listen to your feet. Don’t let foot pain in your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters, or calluses. If you have any issues, contact your foot and ankle surgeon.

If you experience an injury or pain, call Dr. Sedberry for an evaluation. Shoal CreekFoot & Ankle Center is located at 1801 West 32 Street, Building C, Suite 102, and online at www.shoalcreekfac.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. To schedule an appointment call (417) 622-0648.

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