With the school year and the Memorial Day weekend in the rear view mirror, we can now say Summer has “arrived.” Warm weather travel is on the docket for lots of families. Healthy feet are a necessity for an enjoyable summer trip.Here’s three simple tips to keep your feet healthy and happy on vacation:
- The right shoes are a must. Listen up fashionistas, this tip’s for you! What you wear for a dinner date is not what you wear to hike the ruins of Machu Picchu. The take home message here is match your shoes with your activity, not your hand bag. Running shoes, walking shoes and hiking boots all have their place as do casual shoes and dress shoes. Let common sense be your guide. The most common offender in the wrong shoe category is the not-so-multitasking flip-flop. They’re great for around the pool and light activities but not for lots of walking. If you want some breathing room for your toes on the trail, choose a hiking sandal. However, know that you run the risk of blisters and abrasions if you have a long trek ahead of you in sandals alone. Consider other alternatives for those trips. For most footwear, socks are a must for protection against shear injuries and to control perspiration. If going foot commando is a must for you, strongly consider wearing no-show socks. One final tip: Wear water shoes or aqua socks if extra protection is required on the beach or in the ocean or around the lake.
- Protect your skin. Let’s face it, sun worshiping is part of the vacation for lots of folks. The importance of good quality, water resistant high SPF sunscreen cannot be overstated. Don’t forget your feet and legs when applying. Depending on your geography, the recent balmy winter was very effective at setting up a very buggy summer. Protecting your feet and legs with insect repellent is a must. Going barefoot in places where lots of feet have been increases your chances of fungal infections. Of particular note is gym shower floors. Here’s where your flip-flops are quite appropriate.
- Stretch, warm up and stay hydrated. If the long haul requires a long walk, or other rigorous activity, don’t forget to stretch, legs and feet included. Water sports in many ways are the most intensive things you can do on Holiday, for the vacationer that doesn’t snorkel or wake board but once a year. A pulled muscle can be a real vacation spoiler so be sure to listen to your body and hydrate often. If you overdid it and you’re sore, rest is a necessity together with ice and elevation in most cases. Modification of the next day’s festivities may be in order.
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Dr. Ralph Napolitano, Jr. is a double board-certified podiatrist and wound care specialist physician. (CWSP). He specializes in medicine, surgery and wound care of the foot, ankle and lower leg. He was the first podiatrist in the state of Ohio to earn the board certification Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP). Areas of special clinical interest and research include: general podiatric medicine and surgery, wound care and healing, diabetic limb preservation and surgical limb salvage, digital joint replacement and preservation surgery in the foot, lower extremity dermatology and infectious diseases, custom foot orthotics, gait analysis and athletic shoe gear consulting, aesthetic podiatry and laser care.