Taking a vacation? Make it easy on your feet
Summertime is vacation time, and while rest and relaxation are the primary goals for most vacations, getting out and exploring your destination is too. This usually involves a lot of walking, and a lot of walking usually involves sore feet.
"Walking is great exercise and one of the most reliable forms of transportation," says Jonathan Bennett, DPM, FACFAS, "But if your feet aren’t in the best shape, or you don’t have the right shoes, too much walking can cause foot problems."
According to Bennett, good foot care is essential if you plan to subject your feet to long periods of walking. Some simple foot care tips include:
Wear thick moisture wicking socks. Try our energizing compression socks (pictured right)
Dry feet thoroughly after bathing, making sure to dry between toes.
Optional: Use powder before putting on shoes. Try our Soothing Foot Powder (pictured right)
Nails should be cut regularly, straight across the toe.
The right shoes (more on that below)
"The right shoe is also important to healthy walking," says Bennett "The ideal walking shoe should be stable from side to side, and well-cushioned, and it should enable you to walk smoothly. Many running shoes will fit the bill."
He adds there are also shoes made especially for walking. Walking shoes tend to be slightly less cushioned, yet not as bulky, and lighter than running shoes. Whether a walking or running shoe, the shoes need to feel stable and comfortable.
Warming up exercises to help alleviate any muscle stiffness or pulled muscles are also advised before walking. Loosening up the heel cords (Achilles and calf) and thigh muscles before a walk is especially effective.
"If you’re not accustomed to long walks, start slowly and rest if your feet start hurting," says Bennett. "And above all, have fun!