The hassles of airline travel are no mystery to vacationers. In order to reach that exciting summer destination, you endure long lines, shuffling crowds, and several hours cramped in a narrow seat. On top of these issues, there’s the stress of packing adequate footwear for a wide range of weather and fun summer activities. Here are some tips for maintaining the health of your feet while managing the limited space in your suitcase.
If you can’t pack it, wear it.
Wear the biggest pair you plan to bring along for your trip, such as hiking boots or rain shoes. Pack no more than three pairs in your bag: athletic shoes for walking, flats or sandals for relaxing, and a pair of neutral-colored dress shoes for special occasions.
Don’t pack brand new shoes.
When packing shoes for travel, it’s best to stick with the tried and true if you wish to avoid ankle sprains, fractures, and other common foot injuries. If you wish to purchase new shoes for your trip, don’t wait until the last minute: break them in with regular wear a few weeks before you leave. Foot First Podiatry also offers helpful tips on what to look for in children’s shoes, women’s shoes, men’s shoes, athletic shoes, and corrective prescription shoes.
Invest in high-quality socks.
Cheap, flimsy socks can actually undermine the benefits of good athletic shoes. Be sure to select the right socks based on:
- height (to protect from abrasion with your footwear)
- fabric (a moisture-wicking material such as wool or nylon)
- cushioning (to protect your feet during high-impact activities such as running and hiking)
- fit (to fend off blisters, bunions, corns and calluses)
Pack a Foot First Aid Kit.
It’s always good idea to bring the following on-the-go grooming and safety materials:
- pain medicine- for inflammation
- aloe vera lotion- for skin irritation
- sunscreen and antibiotic cream- to protect the skin of your feet
- sterile bandages and blister pads- for foot injuries and abrasions
- toenail clippers, pumice stones, and files- to smooth calluses or broken and ingrown nails
For more advice on preventative foot care, see a professional foot doctor. At Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best medical care for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!