Although we tend to overlook possible problems and take our feet for granted, they are particularly at risk in the summer months and can suffer dreadfully during the holidays.
Cuts, scratches, blisters, infections... they all have the potential to ruin a vacation, so take note of our three golden rules:
- Pay particular attention to hygiene at swimming pools, beaches, rivers and lakes and make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing.
- Don't walk barefoot around pools or other places where there's an increased risk of suffering cuts or infections. Flip flops and plastic sandals can help protect feet, but they don't give much support, so watch out on slippery or uneven surfaces if you don't want to be nursing a twisted ankle.
- Tight shoes and shoes that don't breathe lead to increased sweating and can encourage bacterial and fungal infections. Take those plastic sandals off when you aren't walking and dry between your toes! And if you're going hiking, or even just for a long day's sightseeing, make sure you wear comfortable shoes to prevent rubbing and blisters.