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10 Tips to Treat Your Feet Right on Halloween Night

Posted by on Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Halloween night has enough frights as it is, with ghouls and goblins patrolling the street in search of candy. Let’s not add horrors like plantar fasciitis, sprained ankles, and ball of foot pain to the list. “Every year, we see a rash of patients the day or the week after Halloween,” say the podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. “Honestly, a lot of the time, it’s the parents who were not prepared for the long night.” High heels and old shoes are common culprits for post-Halloween haunts lingering in the feet. Other times, kids get caught up in the hysteria of rushing for candy and do not look where they’re running or simply do not hit the town in the right kind of footwear. Get 10 tips on how to treat your feet and have a safer Halloween this year…

Get treats, no tricks, for your feet this Halloween with these 10 tips from NY podiatrists. (Image Source: Flickr CC User, Andrew Huff)

Top 10 Tips to Treat Your Feet Right on Halloween Night

1. Don’t forget to layer your feet! Warm wool socks should be worn on the outside with a moisture-wicking polypropylene layer inside. Avoid 100% cotton socks, which absorb sweat and retain moisture.

2. Watch out for frostbite. It’s unlikely we’ll see temperatures below 5⁰F on Halloween in New York–that is something you should avoid if you want to prevent frostbite! Consider wind chill in your equation. Wet feet spell disaster.

3. Choose insulated shoes or boots. Insulating materials include Thinsulate, wool, felt, Heatseeker, Primaloft, Opti-Warm, and shearling.

4. Buy a new pair of footwear, if necessary. Has it been three to six months since you bought your shoes? Shoes do not typically last much longer than 500 miles if you wear them every day. Runners, people who are obese, or walkers who traverse rough roads tend to need four new pairs of shoes a year.

5. Waterproof your feet. Coat your footwear with waterproofing spray and look for waterproof materials when buying shoes. Use plastic bags or contractor foot coverings if you have nothing else.

6. Avoid towering high-heel boots. This one’s for the adults. Remember, blisters, nerve pain on the balls of your feet, and plantar fasciitis heel pain are no way to end a fun night! Kitten heels or flats may not match a sexy adult costume, but keep in mind it’s not worth days of pain and limited activities for a couple hours of looking like hot stuff!

7. Put fancy footwear in the toy box instead. The witch heels and werewolf feet might look cute, but specialty Halloween footwear can be extremely dangerous for your little ones to walk around in all night. Throw these cutesy costume accessories into the toy box for playtime at home and have your kids wear shoes with nonskid soles, good arch support, heel cups, and firm lacing. If your child won’t budge on footwear, be sure he or she at least tries those monster feet on before going out for the night and practices stomping around the house in them.

8. Be reflective. Five kids are hit by cars while trick-or-treating each Halloween. The shoes are a great place to add bright reflective tape, so your kids’ little feet can be seen in the dark.

9. Keep an eye on those laces. Double-tie your kids’ shoelaces before going out and keep an eye on them all night for maintenance. Also, be sure you’ve thoroughly inspected your child’s costume to ensure there are no pieces that could rip and fall or wrap around the feet (mummies especially!)

10. Talk about safety before the big day. Remind children to look out for pumpkins and other Halloween decorations on porches, steps, and lawns that could pose a tripping hazard. Arm your child with a flashlight that has fresh batteries. Emphasize the importance of staying on sidewalks and driveways, rather than cutting across lawns. “No pushing or shoving” should be a given for groups of kids going out without parents in attendance.

Don’t Panic if You DO Happen to Suffer from Post-Halloween Foot Pain!

If you do find that you or your children’s feet are horribly aching and throbbing the days after Halloween, know that you have friends at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan or Westchester who are glad to help. On Saturday and Sunday, you can try the following DIY treatments for foot pain:

– Ice the feet several times a day, as often as once an hour — for 15 minutes at a time.

– Take ibuprofen anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling.

– Elevate the feet above chest level on several pillows as often as possible.

– Get a foot massage.

– Soak the feet in warm Epsom salt water before bed.

Get Help from NYC Podiatrists

If these tactics don’t take the edge off or if you have suffered an acute injury like an ankle sprain, do not hesitate to contact our NY podiatrists and podiatric surgeons for top-level care. We can advise you on non-invasive treatment measures, including orthotics, shoe choice, icing, wrapping, soaking, and stretching techniques. We can also take you to the next level of treatment with pain-relieving injections, pulse activation therapy, casting, walking boot treatment, physical therapy, and surgery.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.