4 tips for a foot pain-free holiday

With the increase in travel, it’s easy to say that we’re all looking forward to putting our feet in the sand, hiking to the top of a mountain, or even perusing an amusement park. But with any vacation, footwear choice is always paramount so you don’t ruin a trip with constant pain with every step. Here are four podiatrist-approved recommendations to help you prepare for the perfect foot pain-free vacation!

Wear your new shoes before your trip

Vacation dreams often lead to wanting to buy new shoes for the experience, whether for comfort or style. A very common mistake is wearing those new shoes for the first time on vacation. Your feet start to ache and you’re nowhere near your suitcase to change into something more comfortable, causing you to suffer the rest of your day. This can be very expensive and may result in an injury that you will now have to sustain for the rest of your trip. To avoid this, wear your new shoes for a few hours around the house to essentially “test” that they will be adequate for your trip. It will also allow you to break them in, ensuring they will be ready for your vacation plans.

Always pack your tennis shoes!

Let’s say your new broken shoes gave you away again and you are now in constant pain on your journey. The worst case scenario is not having a good pair of tennis shoes that you know will give you the best support. Even just one day of wearing something supportive could be the difference between solving your foot pain or making your pain worse.

Choice of scales

Holidays and flip flops almost always go hand in hand. Although they are not the strongest shoes, they provide a place of convenience and comfort that almost everyone appreciates. When choosing the right pair of flip flops or sandals for your trip, always make sure to find a pair that offers arch support and proper straps that don’t cause chafing. Tip #1 also applies to breaking your flip-flops at home!

Recently injured? Remember to continue your treatment

When injuries occur before the holidays, it can complicate activity planning. It also leads people to want to take a vacation away from the care needed to improve their condition.

If you’re in a walking boot, staying compliant is important. More importantly, if you were recently in a walking boot and are going to significantly increase your activity, bring your boot with you. The loss of storage space in your suitcase will be greatly appreciated if your injury were to reoccur.

Finally, if you are currently undergoing stretching, strapping, or ice therapy, keep it that way on your journey – your feet will thank you!

We all deserve a wonderful holiday without foot pain and full of relaxation. If you have any questions regarding foot care or the selection of appropriate footwear, please Contact us at Foot And Ankle Associates Of North Texas today!

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by Dr. Lauren Pruner, DPM

May 12, 2022

10:37 p.m.

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