Is there a summer vacation in your future? At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients don’t think much about their feet when planning a summer getaway. Below are some do’s and don’ts for ensuring that your trip is foot and ankle problem-free.
Do: plan to wear comfortable shoes on travel day. Loading luggage, traversing terminals to make a connecting flight and other rigors necessary for getting you to your vacation destination require a trusted pair of shoes. Solid arch support, cushioned insoles, and a no-slip tread will get you where you need to go in comfort.
Do: take breaks while traveling to walk, stretch and change position. This will keep the blood flowing and prevent cramping. If you have an especially long flight, consider compression stockings which can help prevent deep vein thrombosis.
Don’t: forget to pack foot care essentials. These include:
- Nail clippers and emery board to take care of rough or broken toenails
- Moleskin to prevent blisters
- Antibiotic ointment and bandages for minor cuts and scrapes
Do: pack shoes for all the activities you plan to do. Hiking, long walks, tennis—these all require the appropriate footwear to prevent ankle sprains and other injuries.
Do: plan ahead to keep feet dry. Bring moisture-wicking socks that draw perspiration away from your skin and an anti-fungal foot powder to use each morning.
Don’t: allow yourself to get dehydrated. Not only is drinking plenty of water good for your whole body, but it will help you avoid swelling (also known as edema) of your ankles and feet. Swelling is painful and can also cause your shoes to be tight, increasing the chances of blisters.
Do: wear flip flops at the pool or in other public places where people walk barefoot to prevent fungal infections.
Do: contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office if you come back from vacation with unexplained foot pain or other unusual symptoms. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson will provide a prompt diagnosis and the proper treatment for your podiatric discomfort.