Shopping in Austin – Keep your feet fit

There is one more weekend before Christmas. While a lot ofAustin was out in full force this past weekend, I can't be the only one who still has a few things left to pick up.  The weekends are prime time for many of us to finish up the holiday shopping as exhibited by the long lines and increased traffic you have and probably will be encountering. With such close proximity to the holidays, you need choose supportive and soft soled shoes for a long day hurrying around the stores.  Don't let your feet tell you in the evening that you made the wrong selection for the day.


A good gym shoe or running shoe should keep you comfortable.  Unfortunately if you run out of the house in worn out shoes or poorly structured shoes, there may be two spots you notice pain, the heel and the arch……


  1. Heel Pain.  If you have visited our Heel Pain Center of Central Texas website before, you know there are many causes for heel pain.  This is may be a sign that your shoes have too many miles on them and are ready to be replaced.  If the marking on the bottom of the shoe are worn down, this is a very likely cause.  On the other hand, if you have good supportive shoes and the pain doesn’t resolve, it is time to see youAustin podiatrist.


  1. Arch Pain.  Anyone who has experienced heel pain has heard of the plantar fasciitis.  This structure, along with other ligaments, helps support the arch of your foot.  When the support is not there, an overuse-type injury often occurs.  Avoid stretching with acute pain as it can worsen the problem.  If arch pain is a chronic problem for you, please visit us at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists


Before you kick you feet up at the end of the day, take a little time to stretch them out. Classic Achilles stretches are a must as this tendon gets taut over long times on your feet.  Another good stretch involves using a towel to pull your toes up while seated on the floor.  Remember to hold your stretches for at least thirty seconds and never bounce. A little TLC for you feet at the end of the day can go a long way to alleviate foot pain.


Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthyAustin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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