Hopefully you’ve got a summer vacation coming up. Whether your travels take you to the beach, the mountains or an amusement park there are some items you should include in your luggage for your feet. At Foot & Ankle Specialists, PC, our podiatrists, Dr. Scott E. Hughes, Dr. Greg P. Vogt, Dr. Christine I. Tumele, and Dr. Matthew W.E. Lewin want to be sure that you are properly prepared to care for your feet while you’re away and avoid some common problems that can put a crimp in your vacation relaxation.
If the Shoe Fits
Be sure to pack the right shoes for the activities you will be doing. Cute sandals won’t cut it for a 4 mile hike. If you have bought new shoes for a trip it’s a good idea to wear them around at home for a while to make sure they don’t rub or hurt anywhere. Pack moleskin as well to prevent irritations from developing into blisters.
First Aid Essentials
No one plans to step on a sharp shell or piece of glass at the beach but it happens. Be prepared with some bandages, antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment to put on a cut or scrape. Don’t swim with the cut uncovered as that may result in bacteria entering the wound and causing an infection. If strenuous activities are on your itinerary, be sure to include over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve sore muscles.
Resort pools, beachside changing rooms and showers and hotel gyms are all perfect hangouts for bacteria and fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenails, which are passed on by direct contact. For that reason, you should pack a pair of flip flops or shower shoes to wear in these settings. Also include some anti-fungal powder in your suitcase which will help keep feet dry and fend off fungal infections.
If you have additional questions about protecting your feet while you’re away or notice anything unusual with the skin, nails or appearance of your feet when you return, contact our Monroe or Lambertville office by calling: 734-241-0200 or 734-856-8900.