• Care for Your Feet This Thanksgiving

    on Nov 28th, 2019

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular American holidays, yet it’s anything but a vacation for those who spend the day slaving in the kitchen. Mouths may water over that turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but all that time standing over the stove is enough to make eyes water. Progressive Podiatry may not be able to help prepare that beautiful banquet, but we can keep it from taking a toll on your toes. Your feet will thank you when following these tips this Thanksgiving.

Plan Ahead

It’s virtually impossible to pull off a Thanksgiving feast without a little pre-planning, but it will also help spare your feet. Having a game plan helps you spread out the tasks that necessitate standing, and some can even be tackled in the days leading up to the big dinner. Slow and steady wins the race, and your feet will be the victor. Additionally, start the day early to give extra prep time, but also opportunities to sit and rest after long stretches of standing.


Speaking of stretches, performing a few throughout the day will help keep muscles from stiffening and resulting in leg and foot pain. Calf raises and runner’s stretches are a good way to keep blood circulating and prevent it from pooling in your feet. Try to set aside a few minutes for stretching after an hour of standing.

Choose Shoes

Many people don’t wear shoes in the house, but an exception can be made when preparing a holiday feast. A comfortable pair of shoes provides foot support and helps reduce pain and swelling. If you don’t want to dirty up the kitchen with outdoor shoes, buy a new pair for use in the home. Nursing shoes are designed for people who spend long hours on their feet and would be a great choice. For optimal support and comfort, fit your shoes with custom orthotics. Progressive Podiatry provides orthotics custom designed to fit your feet, and the much-needed relief they provide is perfect for individuals suffering from conditions like diabetes, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis.

Get Support

Support can come in all shapes and sizes. If your kitchen has hard, unforgiving floors, standing on anti-fatigue mats should reduce foot pain. Just place them in front of the stove, sink, or wherever you’ll be on your feet. Using a kitchen stool is a great way to keep off your feet while also reducing back pain. Make sure a stool is stable and has a back, arms, and non-slip footing to eliminate the risk of accidents. Finally, enlist the help of all those hungry mouths who are waiting for dinner. Delegating simple tasks like washing vegetables, mashing potatoes, and tearing breadcrumbs is a great way to reduce your workload.

The entire staff at Progressive Podiatry wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all our patients and friends. We hope your feet make it through the holiday unscathed, but if you experience any foot numbness, stinging, or worsening pain be sure to call our offices in central Maryland to make an appointment.

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