Travel tips for spring

As spring arrives, Foot Care Professionals would like to share with you some useful tips to care for your feet when traveling.

1: Bring 2-3 pairs of supportive, comfortable shoes and rotate them during the day. Each pair of shoes has different pressure points, so rotating them will diffuse any pressure that builds up.

2: Keep in mind your activity pattern will be out of your norm- you may be walking more, walking more hills, etc. Bring appropriate supportive shoe gear, and you may even wish to consider walking sticks and a first aid kit with Bandaids, silicone tape (if you are prone to pressure points), foam toe cushions, or nonmedicated corn pads. An ounce of prevention saves a LOT of pain later.

3: Inspect your feet a couple times during the day, especially if you are diabetic. It literally only takes a couple hours to form a blister, which can affect your walking for days to come.

4: Keep your socks dry- you may need to change them during the day if humidity or activity result in increased perspiration. Compression hose are always a great idea for any trip, especially if swelling is an issue.

5: Don’t forget to apply cream to the feet at night to ensure the skin remains supple and able to handle the days’ activities. Dry skin is more prone to cracks and breakdown which lead to heel fissures, ulcerated calluses, or trauma.

6: Ideally, have your foot care taken care of prior to a trip so toenails aren’t too long and calluses pared appropriately. This can help prevent an ingrown toenail or ulcerated callus during your trip. I also recommend doing this prior to surgery so you can focus on your recovery rather than worrying about how you’re going to reach your feet afterward.

7: Have a great time, secure in the knowledge your feet will take care of you if you take care of them!

Feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions or concerns 507-269-7827.

Bon voyage!

Published by Sheila

APRN, CNP, CFCS Certified Foot Care Specialist

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