As you pack your bags for summer vacation, your feet may be the last thing on your mind, but here at Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle, our concern for your good foot health never takes a day off, so we want to offer these foot care tips to take on vacation:
- Barely go barefoot. Yes, we know it’s tempting in the summertime but going barefoot greatly increases your risk for puncture injuries and contracting infections such as ring worm, athlete’s foot, plantar warts and fungal infections. It’s particularly important to wear flip flops at the pool, gym, and spa where bacteria and fungi are prevalent.
- Drink plenty of water. Although it sounds counterintuitive, drinking lots of fluids will actually reduce foot and ankle swelling by flushing fluid out of your system. Staying hydrated is also good for the rest of your body too!
- Choose the right shoes for the activity. Hiking, tennis, volleyball on the beach or strolling the boardwalk—all of these require proper footwear to support your feet and protect them from injury. Know what activities you might be participating in on your vacation and pack your footwear accordingly.
- Slather up your feet. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your feet, tops and bottoms to prevent sunburn. The skin on your feet is as susceptible to skin cancers as the skin on other parts of your body.
- Keep up your circulation. If your vacation requires long hours in the car or on a plane, remember to take periodic breaks to stretch and flex your toes, feet and ankles to keep the blood flowing.
- Get medical attention for injuries. If you do hurt your foot or ankle while away from home, seek professional care from a podiatrist where you are and then schedule a follow up appointment at our Edmond or Norman office with our foot and ankle doctor, Bil A. Buksh, DPM when you return.
From all of us at Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle: have a safe and happy vacation!!