Tips for Foot Care While Traveling

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Have you scheduled your upcoming holiday trips? Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest traveling holidays and we want to make sure your feet are prepared for the journey and stay!

Before you finish packing up your suitcase and travel bag, consider the following tips to make your feet more comfortable and safe:

Tip #1: Don’t forget your flip-flops!

  • In addition to the comfortable shoes you’ll wear on the plane and the nicer pair of shoes (in case of special occasion), flip-flops are great for any common grounds where you do not want to be barefoot. Not only will the winter months make the floor cold, you don’t want to share any bacterial, fungal, or viral diseases amongst family and friends. It’s also a good option to have on the plane if you don’t want to be wearing shoes the whole time.
  • This is even more important if you’ll be using a spa or staying in a rental or hotel for your lodging. While you want to be able to trust that everything is properly cleaned, you never know, so it’s best to have your flip-flops with you to prevent transmitted disease.

Tip #2: Prepare for the activity.

  • This goes for anything that counts as an activity. First, are you traveling by plane, train, or car? If your feet are prone to swelling during a flight, you’ll want to make sure you have your compression leggings or socks with you on the flight.
  • Second, will you be engaging in activities like climbing or hiking? You’ll want to bring shoes that are appropriate for the activity, as doing them in regular sneakers will not give you the protection (from injury) and support you need.

Tip #3: Pay attention to your feet

  • Do your feet get tired after long walks? Make sure to plan ahead for any rest periods you might need. Whether you’re visiting family and friends or going on a snow-shoeing trip, overworking your feet the first few days can prevent you from enjoying the last few days of the trip. Supportive orthotic inserts are a must if you plan to do a lot of walking.
  • Are your feet prone to sweating or getting smelly? Pack lots of socks and make sure to change them throughout the day to keep them dry. Not only will it protect you from foot pain, it will also save you from embarrassing foot odor.

Have you been diagnosed with foot problems? You may want to make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group before you head out on your trip. Our foot doctors, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to treat your feet and ankles and keep them strong.