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Post-Carnival Foot Health

Now it’s all over…you took advantage of the stage, your waist, legs, feet and toes. You wonder “when would I ever get over the pains and damage caused?”…but it was all worth it! And you’re thinking why does next year have to be sooo far away. I wasn’t a part of it this year, and it has been like an out of body experience. No fetes, no mas…and the stage back after missing it for so long…next year for sure. I did do some observing from television though; and as expected, many female feters and masqueraders enjoyed glaming up in the infamous boots, especially high heeled ones.

Let’s do a roll call…where are the pains. All those for arms, lower back, butt, thighs, knee, calves, ankles, ball of the feet, arch, heel…how about the whole body. You have been going at a pace without much rest; let’s not talk about the last few days…Fantastic Friday, Insomnia, J’ouvert, Carnival Monday and Tuesday. You’ve been doing the body wine and trampling it, so what do you expect, the body must shut down, with the feet paining. It’s time to treat it!

To the feters and masqueraders

Hope you wore those sensible shoes/boots. If not, the natural result is the pains/soreness you are currently feeling. Hope it didn’t keep you from going to work on Ash Wednesday or the rest of the week for that matter!

The toenail separation

Many of you are in shock, while the seasoned masquerader is like, oh just another year! From persons constantly mashing your toe or rather trampling it, the big toenail in particular is probably barely hanging on or blue/black in tone. This is something that should be addressed soon to ensure it gets proper treatment.

The Calluses

Some of us did pedicures before playing mas while others waited for after. Either way, depending on your weight distribution or gait (the way you tend to walk), would determine the condition of your feet. With the excessive walking/prancing, calluses may have developed…in some instances, dependent on the location, they may even be painful, although rare.

The Corns

The type of shoes you wore over the season, especially on Carnival Monday and Tuesday would determine the type of feet you have now. Got corns? Sure some of you do, and it’s as a result of not wearing proper shoes. Some of the boots I saw masqueraders parading in were unsuitable for the general shape of our feet, whether wide or narrow width.

The Thigh/Leg/Ankle Pains

Over the last few months we moved from fete to fete and then walked/chipped/wined throughout the whole of Port of Spain and environs. Naturally our feet have been under pressure and are now getting a chance to recover. However, it is too late in some instances, in the sense that the pains/discomfort have already hit in a major way. Edema (swelling) may also be occurring, along with the odd person having a sprained ankle. For all of the above issues, therapy is recommended. Whether it’s massage, electrical or hot/cold therapy…which ever suits your particular problems. For such cases check us out, or your relevant foot care provider.

The Ball of the Foot/Arch/Heel Pains

Remember those high heel/high wedged boots that I spoke about in the Pre-Carnival article? Yes that one…the one you wore both days and now you almost regret it – but not totally; cause it looked gorgeous with your costume. That is the one causing the pains/discomfort you are currently experiencing. Besides the height, improper/no inner soles in some of the carnival boots contribute to these problems alongside your wining/grinding/chipping/trampling…yep with the advantage you took of your feet! But as I saw on many facebook and bbm statuses, you had a blast of a time! So now all the excitement is over, let’s do the damage control. Have the consultation/assessment for your new problems or in many cases the recurring ones that have again surfaced…let’s rebuild and restore those feet.

Home Remedies

For those with soreness, use a foot soak in warm water and soak the feet for approximately 15 minutes. If the feet are swelling, elevate and apply ice or heat. If these symptoms, persist see your foot care provider.

Seek Professional Advice/Treatment

Pedicures/Massage Therapy

For those who now have the calluses, damaged/ingrown toenails and other foot pains, a pedicure is due. Let’s help you restore and rejuvenate your feet. And for the body aches and pains, massage therapy is an excellent start. Let’s get you back to normal!

Your feet mirror your general health . . . cherish them!

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