Holiday Shopping Without Tired, Achy Legs

Trying to get through your holiday shopping without tired, achy legs slowing you down? ‘Tis the holiday season which means braving long lines, running out to grab that last ingredient (or several) and walking miles through malls and airports. How will your feet and legs survive the pounding of pavement and hours of standing? Easy – simply follow these tips to give yourself the gift of comfort and avoid the holiday shopping grind.

Shopping Without Tired, Achy Legs 101: Wear Comfortable Shoes!

A key to avoiding tired and achy legs while shopping is to wear the right footwear. Save the stilettos for the Christmas party. Shopping is tough on your feet and legs, so opt for a good comfortable shoe that’ll keep up with you and your shopping list.  And if you’re planning on shopping after work, pack a pair of shopping shoes before you head out.

Some Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Good Shopping Shoe

  • If you have bunions, look for shoes with a wide toebox.
  •  For high or low arches, wear shoes with proper arch support or ones that can accommodate your orthotics.
  • Avoid “pleather,” or winter boots if you are prone to sweaty feet and wear breathable footwear when you shop.
  • Don’t wear a pair of shoes for the first time on a lengthy shopping trip.
  • Wear shoes that have been professionally fitted by a Pedorthist or Chiropodist, to avoid injury or pain.

If Tired, Achy Legs Are Getting in the Way of Shopping and Other Activities, Consider Compression Socks

Ask your BioPed clinician or family doctor if compression socks are right for you. Whether you’re walking for hours hunting for the perfect gift, standing in long lines or sitting in front of your computer searching for the best online deals, compression socks can make all the difference in keeping you comfortable.

Compression stockings can:

  • Energize tired leg muscles.
  • Help with swelling and achy legs.
  • Reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • Minimize the risk of spider veins.

The average person spends about 274 hours shopping every year. And most of this time is spent during the holiday season, so make sure your legs are ready!

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