Vacation Pack List to Prevent Foot Problems


At Pasco Hernando Foot & Ankle, we love to hear our patients are going on a summer vacation. What we don’t like is to see them in our Spring Hill (352 683-5799) or Hudson (727-868-2128) office after they get back with a foot or ankle problem. So often common podiatric conditions can be avoided by packing the proper items to prevent foot problems. Below are some foot issues we see frequently and what to pack to head them off at the pass.

Burns—there are two obvious sources of foot skin burns on vacation: sunburn and burns to the bottom of the feet from hot sand or asphalt. Bring a water-resistant sunscreen and apply it to the tops and bottoms of your feet for pool and beach days. Don’t forget to reapply after each swim. Use water shoes to walk from the parking area to your beach blanket. Sand and pavement that have been baking in the sun are much hotter than they appear.

Fungal infections—unless you’re going to a remote desert island, chances are there will be other people at your vacation destination walking around barefoot. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot and fungal toenails are transmitted by coming in direct contact with the fungi. Wear flip-flops or shower shoes on the pool deck and in public changing areas and restrooms. You should also consider bringing an anti-fungal foot powder and using it on your feet each morning.

Blisters—a painful blister can sideline you from site seeing, museum hopping, and other enjoyable vacation activities. Friction from sweaty feet and footwear creates a sore area that develops into a blister. A small piece of moleskin can save the day if applied as soon as you notice a hurting spot on your foot. Drinking plenty of water will also decrease the risk of your shoes being too tight as a result of swelling of your feet or ankles.

Ankle sprains—even short walks on park trails or casual Frisbee games on the beach can lead to an ankle-twisting injury if you’re not wearing supportive shoes. It’s a good idea to pack a pair of sneakers or sturdy walking shoes if physical activities could be part of your downtime.

If despite taking the proper precautions you have foot or ankle pain or notice other suspicious symptoms when you return, contact us so that our podiatrist, Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, can examine your foot and prescribe the proper treatment.