Your feet need a vacation. They’ve been cooped up inside dark socks, slippers, and boots all winter, longing for a breath of fresh air and the sand between their toes. As the weather gets warmer you just want to be comfortable, so you wear your sandals, flip flops and sometimes even venture going barefoot. Sure, it’s nice to keep cool and comfortable, but is it worth it? These tips from a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can help you be the judge.
1. Beware of Being Barefoot
It’s one thing to go barefoot around your own house or yard, but when you’re in public places like swimming pools, hotel rooms, and even the beach you have a higher chance of getting athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and even toenail fungus. Be sure to wear flip-flops or sandals when you’re around these places to avoid contracting bacterial, viral or fungal infections.
2. Spread on the Sunscreen
Since it has been a few months since your feet have seen the sun they will be more prone to getting sunburned. You want to remember to constantly apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of your feet and ankles. Don’t forget to reapply after you’ve taken a swim. It’s also important to stay hydrated, both for your general well being, but also to minimize the amount of foot swelling caused by exposure to the warmer temperatures.
3. Wear Specific Shoes for Your Activity
When you’re on vacation you’ll be participating in a lot of different activities. Make sure you wear the appropriate shoes for what you’re doing. If you’re going for a hike or plan on doing a lot of walking, wear sneakers or another kind of closed shoe that is comfortable and doesn’t give you blisters. Sandals at the beach are fine, but if you’re at a lake or creek water shoes give your feet better protection. Our New York Podiatrists recommend that if your shoes get wet, make sure you let them dry out well to prevent fungus and bacteria from growing.
4. Fight the Temptation for Flip-Flops
If you’re at the beach, flip-flops and sandals are realistic, but probably not a good idea if you’re walking the streets of New York. Extensive walking in shoes without support can cause foot pain, exhaustion and give your feet the perfect opportunity to become downright filthy. A lot of walking in general can cause foot pain, so in addition to wearing supportive shoes try periodically flexing your ankles, wiggling your toes and stretching your calves.
5. If You Have a Foot Injury Find a Podiatrist
If you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation, you should get professional help from a podiatrist right away. Most people will contact a regular doctor first, but if it has to do with your foot or ankle contacting a podiatrist will allow you to begin getting treatment right away while you’re away from home.
If your travels bring you to New York City we hope you enjoy plenty of sightseeing and fun in the sun. If you do happen to experience a foot injury one of our New York Podiatrists here at Adler Footcare would be happy to help you!