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Put your best foot forward this holiday season!

Posted - Dec. 23, 2004 at 7:40 a.m.



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(HealthNewsDigest.com)...Its that time of year again! Chances are the holiday season means you will find yourself dashing from office parties, family gatherings, and other events that require a great deal of traveling. Getting from one party to the next does not have to become your Achilles heel. Dr. Oliver Zong is a Manhattan podiatrist who offers some solutions for easing foot pain this holiday.

PREPARING YOUR FEET FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL

If youre planning to travel during the upcoming holiday, be geared up for airport delays and long lines due to tighter national security. Airline and security screening procedures may take extra time to accommodate the increased number of travelers. This could be a stressful situation for more than two million Americans who suffer from heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that is usually the result of a change or increase in activities, no arch support, being overweight, a sudden injury, using shoes with little cushion on hard surfaces, using shoes that do not easily bend under the ball of the foot, or spending too much time on the feet

Conditions associated with heel pain can be treated with the following:

An ice pack can be applied to the heel 15 to 20 minutes before going to bed.

Stretching the Achilles tendon is beneficial as adjunctive therapy for heel pain.

Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory that can provide temporary relief.

Orthotics provide long-term relief by reducing abnormal stress on the heel.

Cortisone injections can be used as a supplemental treatment for resistant chronic plantar heel pain.

Cryosurgery is a new 15 -30 minute office based surgical option for cases where conservative treatment fail.

AVOID DRAGGING YOUR FEET WHEN IT COMES TO HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

Not able to wear the stiletto heel or pointy toe shoe of the moment? When it comes to holiday parties we frantically search for the perfect outfit, handbag and shoes so that we can revel in delight at the thought of parading our hot new finds at holiday parties. Whether its the latest Judith Lieber bag or Jimmy Choos, we attempt to make voyeurs out of our family, friends and co-workers. Many women are flocking to podiatrists this holiday season so that they can get a foot facelift to slide into that perfect holiday shoe. Toes can be shortened, corns can be cut out and 5th toes made slimmer and trimmer, explains Dr. Zong. Many women come to my office with complaints of moderate to severe pain due to these symptoms.

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