You’ve got a new pair of sandals, your bathing suit and golf shoes and are finally packing up your suitcase for a long awaited vacation. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we want to suggest a few other items to pack for your feet. Fun in the sun can quickly turn into a sad time sitting in the shade if your feet fail you. To ensure your feet stay protected, be sure to bring the following items:
Sunscreen: Sunburn on your feet is just as painful as on other parts of your body and if you get it on the soles of your feet, you could be sidelined for the better part of your trip. Always apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet if you are out sunning. Remember to put in on even if you’re just out for a day of sightseeing if you are wearing open shoes or sandals.
Extra socks and flip flops: The biggest way to prevent fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal toenails is to keep feet dry and prevent direct contact with damp public places like changing rooms and pools where bacteria and fungi are likely to be. Anti-fungal powder is also a good idea to help prevent these infections.
Moleskin: Did you know that sweaty feet are more likely to get blisters because of the extra friction and rubbing perspiration causes with socks and shoes? That’s partly why afternoon shopping excursions can be just as likely to result in blisters as mountain hikes. Keep moleskin with you and apply to any spot on your feet that feels irritated before a blister forms.
Band-aids and antibacterial ointment: If a blister does pop or you get a cut or scrape on your foot, antibacterial ointment and a band-aid will help prevent infection. Remember that bacteria in lakes can more readily enter your body if you have an open cut.
Water bottle: How does a water bottle help your feet? By flushing out excess fluid, you’re helping your body to reduce painful swelling of feet and ankles at the end of the day.
Emery board and nail clippers: Keep an emery board in your travel kit to smooth jagged nails and use nail clippers to keep toenails cut short and straight across to prevent ingrown nails from starting.
If you have had an injury recently or a chronic foot or ankle disorder, contact our Somers Point office before you go on vacation. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco can advise you on any helpful items such as braces or orthotics that you should have as well as activities to restrict to prevent your condition from worsening. Wishing all our patients a safe and happy vacation!