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We have included some tips to help keep
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Healthy and happy feet while travelling – A travel
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 vacation.
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
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
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 blisters.
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
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
3. If shoes do not have sufficient padding or support,
improve the performance of your shoes by adding
inserts/devices - 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™ PowerWalk Insoles.
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 peppermint fragrance.
6. Always wear shoes or sandals while walking on
sand, in order to prevent foot injuries from hot sand and
objects that may be hidden beneath the sand
7. Be sure to apply sunscreen to feet while
basking in the sun; the skin on the feet is very sensitive
and needs to be protected against the sun’s harmful rays
8. When purchasing sandals, be sure to buy ones
that are comfortable and have plenty of arch support to
prevent common foot problems such as tired, achy feet and
corns, calluses and blisters. If common foot problems do
occur, be sure to relieve discomfort by using
over-the-counter products, such as Dr. Scholl’s®
Cushlin® UltraSlim Blister Treatment, to keep your feet
healthy and happy
9. Be sure to wear protection on your feet.
Fungus infections, which are responsible for Athlete’s
Foot, thrive in warm, moist environments including pool
decks. If you already suffer from Athlete’s Foot use an
over-the-counter anti-fungal cream, such as Dr. Scholl’s®
Athlete’s Foot Cream Once-A-Day Application, to
eliminate the infection
For more information on footcare visit www.drscholls.ca
1. Remind kids to always tell you when their
shoes are too small, tight or in anyway uncomfortable.
Check that shoes are comfortable, not too small or too big
before you go on vacation. If you must buy new shoes
before a holiday, have the kids break them in by wearing
them around the house.
3. Let kids travel in the
car without their shoes on. This allows their feet
to breath and dry if they are sweating in the shoes.
Always take at least two pairs of shoes with you on
vacation for each child.
5. If you are on a walk
or at an amusement park, take a break when kids feet get
tired, let them take of their shoes and socks for a few
minutes. Consider carrying an extra pair of socks
and change them half way through the day.
sure that children's shoes are snug, but not too tight or
loose to avoid blisters.
Wear running shoes when riding a bike or participating in