All Toes On Deck

Hiking, sightseeing, relaxing on the beach— however you spend your vacation,
your feet will carry you through it all. Keep these tips in mind to prevent foot
predicaments and enjoy fun in the sun with family and friends.

Limit walking barefoot, as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot,
ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet.


Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water will not only help with overall
health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.

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.

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 any bacterial infections.

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.

Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.

If you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation, seek
professional medical attention from a podiatric physician. Many often only
contact a doctor when something is broken or sprained, but a podiatrist can begin treating
your ailment immediately while you’re away from home. Use the Find a Podiatrist tool on
our home page to get treatment wherever your travels take you!

Be sure you’re seeing the most qualified health-care professional to treat your feet by looking for the letters
“DPM” after his or her name. The DPM means a physician has completed years of rigorous foot and ankle
training in podiatric medical school and hospital-based residency training, making him or her uniquely qualified
to care for this part of the body.
Visit for more foot health information, or to find a podiatrist near you.