Healthy and Happy Feet
While Travelling - A Travel Expert's Advice
(NC)-Whether hiking in Canada's Rocky Mountains or admiring
art at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, travelling takes its
toll on the feet, and sore feet can ruin the pleasure of a
Toby Saltzman is a freelance travel writer and editor and
publisher of the travel website, www.travelterrific.com. Her
globe-trotting job takes her to destinations around the
world and requires her to spend countless hours on her feet,
visiting various tourist and cultural attractions.
After years of experience caring for and treating her feet,
Saltzman has some basic tips on how to keep feet healthy and
happy, no matter where travellers adventure to this summer.
1. Wear comfortable walking or athletic shoes
It may sound simple, but wearing comfortable shoes is
essential when spending hours of vacation time on your feet.
Comfortable shoes can help to alleviate the discomfort
caused by corns and calluses and help to prevent blisters.
For those travellers with corns and calluses, plan to see
your podiatrist before embarking on your trip. You may wish
to ease the discomfort by packing over-the-counter cushion
treatments to protect feet while on vacation. Blisters are
one of the most common travelling foot injuries. Avoid
missing out on enjoyable vacation excursions by using
over-the-counter treatments such as Dr. Scholl's® Cushlin®
UltraSlim Blister Treatment to help heal and prevent
In addition, comfortable shoes with proper arch support
delay the occurrence of tired, achy feet, a common culprit
that hampers the enjoyment of much anticipated travel
activities, such as hiking. Many over-the-counter insoles
and devices can improve the arch support of a shoe, allowing
for more "on your feet" time during a vacation.
2. Do not pack shoes that need to be "broken in"
Always avoid shoes that require a break-in period and
instead, purchase shoes that feel comfortable right away.
This also applies to packing for a vacation. If the shoes
hurt your feet at home, they'll hurt them on the road as
well. Always be conscious of how vigorous the vacation
activity is and how comfortable your shoes are.
3. If shoes do not have sufficient padding or support,
improve the performance of your shoes by adding
Quite often the shoes that "best match" a vacation outfit -
whether for an afternoon shopping in New York City or an
evening of entertainment on a cruise ship - are not
beneficial to our foot health. Wear shoes that support feet,
allowing for ease of movement wherever your vacation
adventure may take you. For additional support, there are a
variety of over-the-counter inserts that provide additional
cushioning and support, such as Dr. Scholl's® Advantage™
4. Soak feet nightly
Treating feet each night with a specially designed soak such
as Dr. Scholl's® Smooth Touch® Instant Foot Bath will help
to ease the discomfort of tired, achy feet. It also
moisturizes and softens corns, calluses and rough, hard
skin; a luxurious comfort that can be enjoyed in the privacy
of a hotel room that will prepare your feet for a
comfortable travel adventure the following day.
5. Moisturize and exfoliate feet
Moisturizing and exfoliating feet can help to reduce the
build up of dead skin that results in corns and calluses. It
is also a nice, relaxing treat at the end of a long day of
sight-seeing. Dr. Scholl's® Smooth Touch® Peppermint Foot &
Leg Lotion softens skin, as well as provides a soothing
For more information on footcare visit www.drscholls.ca.