Black Friday is coming up in a few days, which means millions of people will be venturing out to wait in lines and race from store to store for holiday shopping. Getting amazing deals is something to take advantage of, but it’s no surprise that long ordeals of waiting and shopping can take a toll on the feet. Fortunately, with the proper preparation, you can prevent foot pain and discomfort so that you can focus on accomplishing your shopping goals.

  1. Wear comfortable shoes – No matter how much of a rush you are in, do NOT run out of the house in flip-flops. A Black Friday shopper can visit up to 8 different stores, so your feet will endure many pavement-pounding steps. Wear the most comfortable and supportive pair of shoes you own. If you don’t have any, make a shoe store your first stop!
  2. Use custom orthotics – Do you tend to roll in or roll out towards the outside of your foot? Many can benefit from having a custom orthotic that corrects abnormal foot mechanics so that foot pain and other problems can be avoided. If you don’t have custom orthotics, heel cushions and arch supports can provide temporary relief.
  3. Take breaks – Avoid racing from store to store and instead take breaks to give your feet and legs a break from all of the standing and walking. Eating a snack will also energize you!
  4. See a podiatrist for foot problems – If you already have discomfort in your feet, going holiday shopping will only exacerbate the issue, so address any existing problems with an experienced podiatrist.

Although holiday shopping can be an overwhelming endeavor, with these preparations, you can save yourself a lot of foot pain and discomfort. If you experience pain or other issues, consult with a board-certified podiatrist. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats patients for all types of foot and ankle issues including heel pain, sports injuries, toe deformities and diabetic foot problems. Call our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment today!