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Don't Let the Holiday Rush Ruin Your Feet!

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
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Did you know that the holiday season is one of the most dangerous for your feet? Aside from the risk of falling on icy surfaces (a danger that's only going to get worse here in Utah as temperatures drop and inclement weather sets in), hanging holiday lights is a top culprit for winter foot fractures. Here's hoping Santa brings you healthy, happy feet for Christmas!!

Reaching to get the perfect placement for that last strand of lights can lead to falls from your ladder…and standing falls are often broken by your feet, leaving you with serious impact injuries. And this doesn't just apply to outdoor decorations, you know--you're just as likely to take a tumble trying to get that star on top of your tree. And whether you're standing on a ladder or chair, your feet are still the most obvious point of initial contact.

Landing on your feet may seem like a lucky break, but here’s the bad news…a broken foot or heel bone may not be immediately obvious. Even if you can walk after taking a tumble, you may have sustained a more serious injury—especially if you start to notice irregularities in the surface or color of the skin or your feet.

If there’s even a chance you may have broken a bone in your heel or foot, you need to see your podiatrist immediately—once fractured, many of your smaller foot bones will not heal due to the lack of blood flow to the area.

The holidays should be full of joy—not foot pain. Proceed with caution while putting up (and taking down) all your festive decorations, and come see Dr. Brandt Gibson if anything goes awry and hurts your feet!
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