Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Four travel tips for your feet

Whether you are going to the beach for enjoying the sun and the sand, or planning a hike, your legs and feet should be fit to sail through it all. But getting your feet travel-ready isn’t an overnight job. From treating foot issues like blisters and corns ahead of your trip to choosing the right shoes based on your travel destination and the activities you plan to indulge in, taking the right steps is important. After all, having aching and sore feet would take the joy out of your carefully planned travel itinerary. Yet, most people ignore their feet until it interferes with their travel plans. If you too belong to this list, here are some travel tips for your feet that could help.

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  • Treat foot issues and get your feet in tip-top condition: If you suffer from foot conditions like blisters, corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails, get them treated before your trip to avoid infections and other issues that may cause pain and discomfort during travel. In case you suffer from arch pain, bunion pain or pain in the heel, get it assessed and treated because during your travel, walking more than what you usually do or on uneven surfaces could aggravate the condition.
  • Select the right shoes: Depending on the climate of your destination and the terrain you need to travel to reach there, the amount of luggage you will be carrying, and the activities you have planned, select the right shoes that offer your feet adequate support and cushioning. In case you need to purchase a new pair, break them in before wearing them on your trip to avoid surprise blisters and other issues.
  • Take steps to avoid infections: Travelling to different climates, taking a dip in a hotel swimming pool or showering in different hotels during the course of your journey – all these can make your feet prone to infections like plantar warts andAthlete's foot. To protect your feet, wash and dry them, and wear rubber flip-flops around the pool and in shower. As a preventive measure,you may use a tea tree oil foot spray to reduce your risk of infections. 
  •  Wear flight socks, if needed, and use orthotics, if suggested: If you have a history of swollen feet and ankles after a long flight and are about to travel a long distance, choose flight socks with the right compression level and of the right size to ensure a comfortable flight. In case your podiatrist has suggested the use of orthotics, don’t forget them when you travel. Also, if you arebuying a new pair of shoes before your trip, get the right fit wearing those orthotics
      Traveling to and exploring a new place is an incredible experience, which you should enjoy to the optimum. If you forget to take proper care of your feet and they start feeling uncomfortable and aching so that the only thing you think of is reaching your hotel to kick off your shoes, your entire travel itinerary can soon turn from something you were looking forward to with great interest to an unpleasant one. Don’t let that happen because you truly deserve your hard earned retreat.