Tips for Summer Feet & Holidays

Our Care Centres are gearing up to help you prepare your feet for public viewing after a long, dark Winter!

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TIPS

We share a few reminders and tips to ensure you enjoy your holiday with no hiccups. However, if you have been diagnosed with high-risk* feet, please seek additional professional advice from your podiatrist or GP.

Packing Check List

Here is a handy check-list for packing;first aid kit for travel

  • Sterile bandages – for covering minor cuts and scrapes
  • Antiseptic cream – to treat any skin injury
  • Emollient-enriched cream – to hydrate feet

Preparing for your Holiday 

If you suspect any foot problems prior to your upcoming holiday, ensure you make an appointment with your podiatrist, in order to get the best advice and treatment.

While on Holiday

Never walk barefoot. It exposes the feet to the danger of injury and sun damage.

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Never buy a new pair of shoes before a holiday, make sure they fit properly and are broken in. Check feet daily as feet may swell in hotter climates. Look for redness, markings on the feet and change footwear if needed. This includes keeping the feet protected by wearing flip flops or sandals around the pool or at the beach. The poolside tiles can be very hot and burn the soles of your feet. If you are swimming remember that you still need to protect your feet.

Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been in the water.

If you injure your foot or ankle, seek medical assistance. If you have a minor injury like a break in the skin or blister, here are the steps to care;

  • Do not burst blisters
  • Rinse the area with lukewarm salty water
  • Gently clean the area
  • Cover with dry sterile dressings and keep the area dry
  • Check it next day and redress
  • If the area is red, hot and swollen, seek medical advice as you may have an infection and require an antibiotic
  • Do not wait until you come home to seek medical advice

Drinking waterStay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water will not only help with overall health but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.

 

Keep the blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches. When you are next with your podiatrist, they can show you the best exercises to do, especially while flying.

Post Holiday

Finally, contact your Podiatrist/GP on arrival home if you have any concerns about your feet after a holiday.

*high-risk – defined as a reduction in vibration and monofilament sensation and -the absence of foot pulses. If there is a previous history of ulceration or lower limb amputation or Charcot neuroarthropathy then the foot is classified as high risk.