Is there anything quite as magical as getting together to see friends and family over a large, delicious meal? It’s such a great time of year! So why is a podiatrist writing about foot pain during Thanksgiving?

Well, there are a few things to consider.

First, Thanksgiving dinner can take a serious amount of time to prepare and cook. Some people start 2 or 3 days ahead of time! Standing on your feet and taking the many steps necessary in the cooking process can lead to some serious pain when you don’t have proper support on your feet. Over time, this can equate to new onset pain that can present similar to injuries people sustain while hiking and running races. Prevention of these conditions can occur by wearing a good supportive shoe, wearing your orthotics (we can provide them!), and even taking time to perform stretches. 4-6 hours is a long time to be on your feet, especially if you are lifting a heavy turkey from the oven!

Interestingly, (a technology-based company for science education) did an experiment on how much force is generated when a turkey accidentally drops out of your freezer onto the floor. Turns out, the turkey generates a force of 4667 Newtons (greater than 1000 pounds!), which is enough force to crush your foot. So, again, maybe it makes sense to wear good, strong footwear while cooking- something supportive and protective.

Let’s not forget the potential for pain after the feast… and how that feast can contribute.

Diabetic Foot Pain & Neuropathy: So very common, and potentially preventable!! There are sugar substitutes that can add sweetness to your pumpkin or pecan pie without the sugar-shock of normal recipes. Use them! Splenda makes a great sugar substitute for baking that works nicely. Overall, avoid the risk of diabetes by avoiding sugar!

Gout: heavy protein consumption, heavy creams, and alcoholic beverages can all contribute to gout. Moderation is key!

None of this is meant to be alarmist or to scare you off from enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! We hope you enjoy the holidays, and hope foot pain stays away for the duration- but if it doesn’t, be sure to call us asap to book an appointment!