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Tips to Prevent Foot, Ankle, and Leg Pain While Traveling
Don't let foot and leg pain hold you back on your next vacation. Check out these tips on how to take good care of your feet while you travel.
What part of traveling feels the hardest on your feet?
Swollen, tired, and numb feet are one of the biggest health complaints of weary air travelers. Learn how to keep your feet and legs feeling strong and energized on your flight and during your trip.
Protect your feet from unnecessary pain and suffering on your next vacation. Whether camping by the lake or flying off to an international destination, holidays and getaways involve plenty of shopping, touring, and commuting by foot. Just traveling by plane can put extra stress on your feet as you stand in endless lines or move between airport terminals. It all adds up to a lot of wear and tear on your feet.
Here are a few tips to help keep your feet and legs from getting too tired while traveling.
Wiggle your toes. While on the plane, riding in a tour bus, or resting on your seaside terrace, point and curl your toes for five seconds. Do this ten times per foot. This will help keep your toes from cramping up. It will also help improve the circulation in your feet.
Massage your feet. Rub some soothing massage lotion on your feet at the end of each day of touring.
Kick back and put your feet up. After a long day of sitting in a tight airplane seat, give your legs a rest. Lying down also helps reduce foot swelling.
Rotate your ankles. Relax your feet and legs by rotating your ankles in a slow, circular motion.
Wear sensible shoes. Avoid wearing high-heels during the day, if you can. Even comfortable looking wedge sandals can be hard on your feet. Put on good walking shoes with proper arch support during the day and save the strappy stilettos for a night on the dance floor. By wearing smart shoes during the day, you’ll have the energy to wear pretty shoes in the evening.
Take stretch breaks. When traveling by car or plane, it's important to take stretch breaks every one to two hours. When it's safe do to so, walk the aisle on a long flight to help ease the strain on your back. Standing up will loosen leg muscles and improve blood circulation. For car travel, try to make pit stops at rest areas, even if you don’t have to go to the bathroom. Sometimes your waterworks can hold out longer than your legs and feet.
Lift carefully. Remember to lift your bags and other heavy items using proper lifting techniques. Just because everyone is jostling to grab their own bags, don’t feel pressured to pick your bag up off the carousel too quickly. If you can't reach it safely the first time, wait. It will come back around. Leaping over other bags, people, and carts to get your hands on your luggage is not worth the risk of injuring your back. Keep both feet firmly on the ground and lift with your knees.
Pace yourself on your holiday so that you can see and do all the things you’ve dreamed of. Don't get sidelined by too much stress on your feet.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.— Buddha
Healthy Foot Care Tips
- Trim your toenails straight across (not curved down the sides) and smooth them with a nail file.
- Always wear fresh, clean socks.
- Moisturize your heels and soles, but don't overdo it. Your feet should not be moist and sticky when you put your socks and shoes on.
- Wash your feet in warm water. If the water is too hot, it can dry out your skin.
- Dry your feet thoroughly, and be sure to get between your toes.
- Clean and attend to any blisters, cuts, and other irritations with a travel-size first aid kit to prevent infections.
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.— Theodore Roosevelt
© 2013 Sadie Holloway