It’s that time of year again. Holidays can be a wonderful time to visit family and friends. Tasty food and good company make this time of year special. However, it can also be stressful. Many people will be traveling this holiday. It can be hard to maintain your usual routine to take care of your feet, so here are several travel tips to keep your feet healthy and happy.
When away from home, it’s easy to forget the basics of foot care. You don’t have to forgo your usual routine though. It’s easy to pack a travel kit with basic food care essentials. Make sure you include the following items:
- Moisturizer. With the cold air, it’s likely your feet will become very dry. It can easily lead the skin to crack. Moisturizing your feet daily can help prevent this.
- Sunscreen. If you happen to be traveling to a warmer destination this year, remember your sunscreen. UV rays can be harmful to your skin and it’s easy to forget about your feet. Applying sunscreen to your feet can protect your skin against UV rays and save you trouble later.
- Nail clipper. Don’t let your nails get out of control while traveling. Ingrown toenails can be painful. It can also cause redness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes, infection. To prevent this, keep your nails trimmed. Make sure to cut them straight across.
- Antibiotic cream. If you’re going to be doing a great deal of walking or wearing shoes for extended periods, this can lead to blisters and other injuries. Blisters are fluid-filled bubbles that can form on the skin of the foot due to friction. If they pop or open, this may lead to an infection, in which case, make sure to clean it with water and soap before applying antibiotic cream.
- Bandages. Any scrape or injury can turn into an infection. It’s best to have sterile bandages just in case.
Remember to keep these items in your travel kit and your feet will thank you for it.
Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.