posted: Jun. 08, 2021.
Are you ready for summer vacation? If you’re like the majority of our Pasadena patients, your answer after the last year of shutdowns is most likely a resounding yes! At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want to offer some suggestions on preventing a foot problem from getting in the way of your vacation fun.
Do: plan for foot care needs—pack moleskin for blister prevention, nail clippers and file, bandages, antibacterial ointment, and foot powder. Also, don’t forget your custom orthotic if our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, have prescribed one.
Do: get your vacation off on the right foot. Choose comfortable shoes for the travel day and wear socks. It will help keep your feet dry and protect them at airport security when you need to remove your shoes.
Don’t: forget to take breaks along the way. For example, if you’re driving, stop and get out and walk around every couple of hours. For plane travelers, wear compression stockings and get up and stretch in your seat periodically. It will improve circulation and prevent stiffness and joint pain.
Do: wear the right shoes for all your vacation activities. Attempting to hike or play tennis in sandals has ruined more than one vacation with a resulting ankle sprain or another injury. Bring athletic shoes if you plan to be active or purchase them onsite if an unexpected opportunity arises.
Don’t: walk barefoot in public places like pools, beach restrooms, and changing areas or hotel gyms. Fungi and bacteria lurk on surfaces where others have walked and can lead to toenail fungus or athlete’s foot.
Don’t: wait until you return to deal with a foot or ankle injury. Although no one wants to spend precious vacation time in a doctor’s office, continuing to walk on an injured foot may lead to worse damage. Instead, seek medical treatment where you are and follow up with an appointment at our offices in Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 when your return.