5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet on Vacation
At Goldsmith Podiatry we know a lot of patients are planning summer getaways, but nothing can derail travel plans faster than aching feet. Below are 5 ways to ensure that your vacation is fun and pain-free for your feet:
- Wear comfortable shoes on travel day. If you’re running to catch a flight or going from terminal to terminal dragging a carry-on bag, the last thing you need is a blister or other foot pain caused by shoes that are not suitable for walking for an extended period of time. Even if your transportation is a car, there will most likely be multiple stops and luggage to carry, making a tried and true pair of comfortable shoes a must.
- Get up and stretch. If your destination is more than two hours away, be sure to take breaks, stand, stretch and walk around a bit every few hours. This will keep the blood flowing and can help prevent clots in your lower legs.
- Pack a few essentials for your feet. Moleskin for blisters, extra socks, foot powder (particularly important if your feet tend to sweat excessively) and a mini first aid kit with bandages and antibiotic ointment are all small items that could save the day for your feet in a big way.
- Take more than one pair of shoes. Packing light is something many people strive for, but you’ll want to make sure you have the right shoes for all the activities you plan to do on vacation. Flip flops are good for the pool but not for walking or sightseeing. Have sneakers if there are any sports or active days planned. Even if you think you won’t be doing much of anything, it’s a good idea to allow shoes to air out between uses and to have a spare in case a pair starts to cause you pain.
- Put a towel down before showering. If there’s not bath mat where you’re staying, step out of the tub or shower onto a towel. This will prevent slips and falls and also help dry your feet—a key factor in preventing fungal infections from developing.
If you bring back unwanted foot pain or an injury from your summer vacation, make an appointment at our New York City office as soon as you return by calling: 212-877-1002. Our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith or Dr. Rosanna Troia, will evaluate your feet and prescribe the appropriate treatment.