Ten Travel Tips For Your Feet :
Before traveling, visit a podiatric physician if you
are experiencing any pain, problems, or discomfort
with your feet or ankles. Foot pain is NOT normal.
To condition your feet and legs, begin a regular walking
program wearing the shoes you plan to travel with
- include inclines if your destination has hilly terrain
- at least four weeks before your trip.
Review your travel itinerary and the activities planned
to determine the kinds of shoes you will need (should
Take a few pairs of supportive, comfortable shoes,
and plenty of appropriate socks so they can be changed
frequently. Try not to take new shoes that have never
When traveling, periodically flex feet at the ankles,
wiggle toes, unlace shoes if feet swell, keep legs
uncrossed, and move around if possible (especially
during airplane travel - get up and move around once
for every hour on the plane).
Be prepared: in case of a minor foot problem, pack
adhesive bandages, talcum powder, antibiotic or first
aid cream, tweezers, and nail clippers in your toiletry
If you injure your foot or ankle while away, seek
professional attention from a podiatric physician.
We often assume that if a toe is broken, that it doesn't
require treatment. That is not true. When traveling
within the United States or Puerto Rico, contact the
state podiatric medical association to obtain a referral
to a local podiatrist, or access www.apma.orgvia the
Internet to locate a podiatrist.
Limit walking barefoot to safe, sandy beaches or close
to the pool. Walking barefoot exposes feet to sunburn,
as well as the plantar wart virus, athlete's foot,
and other infections.
Regularly apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet.
Treat your feet well after a long day of sightseeing,
shopping, or hiking: massage them and keep them elevated.