Wouldn't you rather spend time collecting sea shells than doctor's bills? No worries. There are ways to prevent these future foot predicaments so you can go back to your sun-kissed dreams and enjoy a liberated foot experience.
Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting infections.
Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and don't forget to reapply after you've been in the water.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water will not only help with overall health, but will also minimise any foot swelling caused by the heat.
Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.
Some activities at the beach, lake, or river may require different types of footwear to be worn, so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes. If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.
In case of minor foot problems, be prepared with the following on-the-go foot gear:
Flip flops—for the pool, spa, hotel room, and airport security check points
Sterile bandages—for covering minor cuts and scrapes
Antibiotic cream—to treat any skin injury
Emollient-enriched cream—to hydrate feet
Blister pads or moleskin—to protect against blisters