If there’s a loved one on your gift list who experiences foot pain, there are some great gifts to help relieve their pain. Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County share some great ideas.
Supporting the foot arch can alleviate many of the most common problems that cause foot pain. Choosing a gift that provides arch support, such as arch support slippers and sandals, will help in the following ways:
Reduce tugging on the tendons and ligaments.
Transfer pressure off the ball of the foot to reduce pain in that area.
Transfer pressure off the heel.
Orthotics are also an excellent option for relieving foot pain.
Anti-fatigue mats are a gift that anyone with foot pain will appreciate. Because they are known to diminish pressure on the feet by over 30%, we recommend them to our patients who stand on hard floors for extended periods. If your loved one stands at a desk, in the kitchen, or at work for extended periods, an anti-fatigue mat will be their favorite present this year.
Several studies have shown that socks with extra padding beneath the ball of the foot and the heel will reduce pressure and pain in those areas. Remember that the extra padding adds to the bulk of the socks, so make sure you wear them when buying shoes.
Roller massages for the calf and arch can help reduce inflammation and pain in the feet and are particularly useful when treating Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. For a little more than the cost of a manual massager, you can gift them an electronic foot massager.
If you’re looking for a gift that makes removing calluses easier, an electric callus remover will take care of even the thickest calluses painlessly and quickly.
If you need more gift ideas, contact the office of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.