Our top tips to keep your feet in tip top shape this holiday season!
However, the last thing we want whilst we're on holiday is sore feet.
Here are some quick helpful tips to give your feet the best care they deserve, whilst still enjoying your time off!
First and foremost, the best thing you can do for your feet would be to invest in some quality footwear.For holidays that are going to involve a lot of walking, depending on the terrain you might need hiking boots or quality runners that do not rub or squeeze your feet. Ensuring the size and fit of the shoe is essential to making sure you can get your steps up. If you're going to be near water, waterproof footwear wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Pairing the right footwear with quality socks will go a long way to ensuring your feet stay in top notch condition for the whole holiday. If there's going to be a lot of walking, many people will opt for 2 socks, to help reduce any rubbing on the back of the foot. If you find your feet sweat a considerable amount, bamboo socks are a great breathable option to keep them dry and prevent blisters. If you are blister prone, then a small band-aid around the area that you get blisters on can act as a bit of pain relief.
Nail and skin care
Trimming your toenails may seem like common sense, but making sure your nails aren't rubbing up against shoes will ensure you're not in pain, and also not causing any permanent trauma to the nail itself. Once a nail has been traumatised, it can be very tricky for it to grow the same way it used to. You'd want to avoid any nasty ingrowns from any hiking or lengthy walking you're going to be doing!Whilst on holiday it's a given that we are going to be using our feet more often than usual. For this very reason it's crucial to apply a good moisturiser all around our feet. This will help prevent them from drying out and more importantly prevent any cracking or splitting (Which can be very painful!) Generally speaking, urea creams are the best stuff we can use on our precious feet.
Prepping for activities
If you know you're in for a long day of walking, then it will be wise to do a few basic dynamic stretches prior to the activity and a few static stretches afterwards to cool-down appropriately. This will give you the best chance at preventing any sort of musculoskeletal injury. In addition to this, if you've been on your feet all day, they can easily swell a bit. A quick easy tip to reduce that inflammation is to keep your feet elevated. Prop up some cushions underneath your feet after you've taken your shoes off to allow the blood to travel back up the body much easier!
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and come back refreshed and ready to take on the next year!