It’s cold, snowy and miserable. Are you ready to get away yet?!
Many people choose to escape the winter blues on a warm relaxing vacation this time of year. Most people routinely pack remedies for all of the potential ailments that would plague them on their trip, but sometimes overlook taking care of the one part of their body that will literally be carrying you throughout your trip — your feet!
Foot health and comfort is especially important for travellers, regardless of their destination. Injury or overuse of the feet and derail your warm winter getaway in a hurry. These simple tips will keep you on your feet throughout your vacation:
No matter what your mode of transportation, footwear is always important. Knowing you’ll have to remove your shoes for airport security may make you opt for flip-flops, but you might regret sacrificing support for convenience. Plus, flip flops mean you’l be barefoot when walking through security; not ideal. Shoes and socks are your best protection when travelling. Try a compromise with a comfortable slip shoe when flying.
If you experience swelling when at altitude, or are at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) consider talking to your primary care physician about compression garments.
Studies support the use of compression stocking for the prevention of DVT when flying for longer than 4 hours (1).
On the sand
When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your feet — including the soles! Make sure to cover the tops of the feet, front of the ankle and soles. Nothing is worse than getting a sunburn on your feet while working on your “glow”.
Although the sand is great for working away those calluses, limit the amount of walking you do barefoot, even in the warm soft sands. Beware of any sharp or dangerous objects; shells, broken glass etc. Always clean your feet after a day at the beach to avoid bacteria or fungal growth.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, injuries happen. Make sure to pack a foot care kit in your bag so that you are ready should anything happen to your tender tootsies while away. Include tings like bandages, blister pads, foot cream, aloe vera, nail clippers and a file. If heading out on an all-day excursion, make sure to wear appropriate footwear. Hiking in a sandal or unsupportive shoe could lead to more than sore feet.
Stay safe, relax and enjoy your winter getaway!
1: Scurr JH, et al. Frequency and prevention of symptomless deep venous thrombosis in long-haul flights: a randomised trial. Lancet. May 12, 2001;357:1485-9.