By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 24, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
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Is there a late summer vacation on your calendar? If so, we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to suggest some items to add to your suitcase to ensure that your feet stay pain free while you travel:

  • Mini-first aid kit. Some bandages, moleskin and antibacterial ointment will help prevent and/or treat any blisters, minor cuts and scrapes that you may get on your feet.
  • Flip flops or shower shoes. If your vacation plans include a pool or beach, or you hope to use a hotel gym to keep up your fitness routine, be sure you have a pair of shoes that you can wear to protect your feet from coming in contact with the bacteria and fungi that cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and other common fungal infections.
  • Water bottle. Extra walking during sightseeing excursions or shopping trips and warm temperatures can cause your feet to swell. One way to combat this is by staying hydrated with  plenty of water, which will flush excess fluid from your body.
  • Sunscreen. Even if your trip is not to a beach or resort, remember to apply sunscreen to your feet if you are wearing open shoes or sandals. Many travelers end up with bad sunburn on the tops of their feet after a whole day spent outdoors and this can make the rest of your trip miserable. If water activities are part of your vacation fun, be sure to reapply sunscreen after swimming and don’t forget the bottoms of your feet as well.
  • Nail clippers and emery board. A ragged toenail needs to be filed or trimmed to prevent it from catching on socks and tearing. Never trim nails short or in a curved shape, however, that the skin on the side can start to grow over them and cause an ingrown nail.

These few items will only take up a small amount of space in your travel bag, but will make a big difference in your comfort and enjoyment on your trip. If you find your feet are bothering you after you return, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey so that one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, can examine your feet and determine if you have an injury or foot disorder developing.