Spring break is an exciting opportunity for many to enjoy a relaxing vacation after a long cold winter. Many people ditch their winter boots and head south to warmer climates, but with the welcome change comes some foot and ankle conditions to watch out for. Avoid these common problems that arise during a warm getaway by preparing your feet!
Swollen feet: Whether you’re taking a road trip or plane ride, your feet can become swollen during travel due to decreased blood circulation and movement. Take frequent breaks to walk around, do ankle exercises to keep blood flowing, and stay hydrated!
Sunburned feet: If you plan to take advantage of sandal and barefoot weather, be sure to protect your feet by applying sunscreen!
Foot pain: Switching from winter boots and sneakers to sandals can often lead to foot and ankle pain. The lack of support is often the culprit, so if you are wearing sandals be sure to avoid flip flops for long periods and instead choose a pair that has more arch and heel support. Bringing multiple pairs of shoes to rotate through may also alleviate foot pain.
Ankle sprains and injuries: Injuries can occur especially when you haven’t been wearing sandals and lighter footwear in a while. If you plan to play sports or be active, be sure to bring the appropriate athletic footwear and gear and warm up properly!
Water hazards: Spring vacation in a warm location often involves opportunities for swimming and water activities. Protect your feet with water shoes to avoid cuts and scrapes from uneven surfaces and avoid going in if you have a wound.
If you have any concerns before you leave or injure yourself during the trip, come visit Your Next Step for an appointment with our board-certified podiatrists, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen. Our podiatrists use state-of-the-art equipment to address common issues like plantar fasciitis, nail fungus, arthritis, sports injuries, toe deformities and diabetic foot problems. Contact our offices in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA today!