If you have good circulation and no problems with your feet, there is no need to take special precautions other than checking your feet each day and keeping them clean and dry.
If you are planning to buy new shoes for your holiday, buy them well in advance and wear them first at home to be sure that they fit well and are comfortable.
If you are holidaying where it is warm, be aware that sand and pavements might be hot. If you know you have any loss of sensation in your feet, avoid walking barefoot. Wear plastic sandals on the beach and in the sea.
Avoid sunburn: use a sunscreen with a high protection factor, and include your toes and the tops of your feet.
If you have circulation problems or numbness in your feet or legs, remember that long journeys on trains, buses and planes can make your feet swell. Walk up and down the aisle every half-an-hour – the exercise will help keep the swelling down. To avoid your shoes becoming too tight, take a pair of comfortable shoes for the journey.
If your skin gets very dry, you may need to apply more moisturising cream than usual. Pay special attention to your heels, as dry skin here cracks easily. After swimming, dry your feet thoroughly, especially the area between your toes, to avoid athlete’s foot.
Examine your feet for sores, swelling or colour changes. If any problems develop, visit a local registered podiatrist or doctor. Delaying treatment will make foot problems worse, so seek early treatment for all foot problems. Clean blisters, cuts or grazes by bathing your foot in warm water, then apply a sterile, dry dressing.
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Reviewed: February 2012
Next review: August 2013