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I have never seen the mall as crowded as it was last Saturday. It was insane! In between our mall and a theme park next door is a greenbelt full of brush. That day it was full of cars. So many people… so much walking… so little time as Christmas and New Year’s hover days away.
All of the preparation plus winter boots can take a toll on our feet. I am learning new levels of foot discomfort with my part-time retail job. Standing 4-6 hours can do a number on the dogs like I have never known. So, since I know some of you will perhaps suffer a little more over the next two weeks as you stand in kitchens and rush to perform errands, I would like to offer these suggestions for comfort.
- CHANGE SHOES. When on your feet for hours at a time, take time to change your shoes about halfway through. A second set will give you longevity whether you are shopping or standing to wrap a mountain of gifts or on a trip.
- THNK HEAT RUB. I was taught recently to come home and rub my feet with creams we usually put on sore back muscles or shoulders. If I rub down my feet, and put them in some soft socks, the healing begins. Bengay and Tiger Balm can work past the torso.
- BABY FOOT EXFOLIANT PEEL. This stuff is incredible. You leave your feet in their special booties for one hour, and over the next four days ALL (and I mean ALL) of the dead skin falls off. It becomes your own personal pedicure.
- DEAL WITH CALLUSES. If I am going to be on my feet, I must keep the calluses down and soft, and I have one foot where the problem is a big one… a big callus. that is. I like to use the Ped-Egg to make sure the callus stays under control. Before I slip into the shoe, I rub the area with petroleum jelly and this seems to help.
- NIGHT CREAM. We are faithful with our complexions, but we must be also be faithful at night to rub down our feet with a good foot cream. There are many excellent products on the market.
These steps are helping me get through, but I would also love to hear other suggestions, so please share if you have advice.
For those who celebrate, have a Merry, Merry Christmas… and for everyone else, a wonderful week.
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