Keep Your Feet Safe on Vacation
Summer’s over, and many Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care patients are preparing for travel during the cooler months. Foot pain is sure to derail even the most carefully planned travel. Here are seven tips from Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova to keep your feet and ankles happy and healthy before, during, and after your next vacation.
Choose the proper footwear for your adventure. Will your trip involve a lot of walking? Bring a high-quality pair of shoes with plenty of arch support. Hiking? Inspect your hiking boots. Replace them if they’re worn out. These steps will help prevent the development of calluses, corns, and other problems. Never bring new shoes on a trip! This is not the time to break in a new pair. It’s fine to bring a fancy pair of shoes if you’ll be going out for dinner and the like, but save them for those special occasions. Avoid fungal infections. Be sure to pack sandals for the pool and slippers for the hotel room.
Trim your toenails before you leave home. Be sure to use a clipper, not scissors, and to cut straight across in order to prevent ingrown toenails.
Bring a “Foot First Aid Kit.” Be prepared for unexpected issues by packing bandages, moleskin, tweezers, and clippers.
If your trip involves airplane travel or a long car ride, be sure to drink plenty of water. Get up and walk around occasionally. This will improve circulation and prevent dangerous Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Headed to a sunny destination? Don’t stop applying sunscreen when you get to your ankles! Your feet are vulnerable to the sun’s rays too. Be sure to slather them with sunscreen.
Prevent falls that can lead to a foot or ankle injury. Keep an eye out for potential hazards. Watch where you’re going, even when the scenery is beautiful.
When you get home, assess your feet. If you see any nicks or cuts or if you notice changes in the appearance of the skin or in the shape of your feet, call your foot doctor right away.
With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to treat vacation-related problems or any other issue pertaining to the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule an appointment with Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM in our comfortable Pikesville office today.