Many Podiatry Group of Annapolis patients are in the midst of planning their winter getaways. We have seen more than one dream vacation derailed by foot and ankle injuries or illness. Here are some tips from James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS to keep you feeling great before, during, and after your next trip.
A big day walking and touring is not the time to wear a new pair of shoes! If you are picking up a new pair of walking shoes for your trip, wear them around home for a few days before you go.
In addition to your walking shoes, be sure to pack a pair of sandals for at the pool and slippers to wear in your hotel room. Places where manypeople arebarefoot are breeding grounds for the germs that cause plantar warts and fungal infections.
If you choose to bring a fashionable pair of high heels, save them for special events and wear them for only a few hours at a time.
Create a portable foot first aid kit. Be prepared for unexpected problems with blister pads and moleskin, bandages, antibiotic ointment, nail clippers, and tweezers.
Trim toenails carefully. Prevent ingrown toenails by trimming straight across. Use a clipper, not scissors. Don’t round the corners like you might when trimming fingernails.
Will you be taking a long airplane flight? Prevent dangerous blood clots by getting up and walking around periodically.
Of course, the best way to get ready for your trip is to schedule a visit with your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is the best-qualified medical professional to examine your feet and to diagnose and treat any illnesses or injuries.