From inappropriate footwear choices to inadequate foot and leg circulation from prolonged sitting, the journey from point A to point B can often leave travelers with sore soles. However, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) reminders travelers that there are steps that can easily be taken to soothe tired foot muscles and joints.
"Visiting with family and friends during the busy summer season should not involve having to struggle with foot pain," said Ronald D. Jensen, DPM, former president of the APMA. "Being mindful of basic foot care, even when on the road, can go a long way toward maintaining high spirits and staying healthy during the holidays."
Whether traveling by plane, train, or automobile, keep the following foot care tips and techniques in mind to minimize aches and pains in the legs and feet:
Be mindful of footwear choices. While you may be tempted to don the hottest footwear styles of the season while on the go, ditch the 3-inch high heels and snug dress shoes in favor of a comfortable, supportive athletic shoe. This allows for your feet to breathe and receive ample cushioning, as well as helping to prevent ingrown and bruised toenails. Additionally, avoid wearing socks that constrict above the ankle area.
Walk around. For every 45 minutes you spend sitting down while traveling, make time to stand and walk around for five minutes. Sitting for long periods of time restricts blood flow to the legs and feet which can lead to swelling and, in extreme cases, blood clots of the legs.
Exercise your feet. While sitting, roll your ankles and point toes up and down to encourage blood flow. If your feet begin to swell, unlace your shoes.
Pack a foot care emergency kit. Be prepared: in case of a minor foot problem pack adhesive bandages, foot powder, antibiotic cream, tweezers, and nail clippers in your toiletry bag.
If you incur some kind of foot problem or injury while on vacation call one of our six offices immediately when you return to make an appointment.
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