Foot Health Tips for the Airport and Airplane

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Getting through airport security and staying comfy on long flights is a breeze with the following tips:

Wear Proper travel shoes

Long lines, unexpected mad dashes, and getting through airport security are vexing enough. Avoid additional discomfort and hassle by wearing comfortable shoes you can easily slip on and off.

Wear Socks

For a majority of airports it’s still mandatory to remove your shoes while going through security, so be sure to wear socks or put on the airport provided booties while walking through the metal detectors. This will keep you from contracting athlete’s foot, plantar warts and other communicable foot diseases. Bonus: If you choose compression socks, they could help ward off blood clots, foot swelling and deep vein thrombosis while you’re on the plane.

Stretch and exercise your feet

You can help avoid foot swelling on long flights by spending a little time flexing and pointing your feet and toes both before and during your flight. It also helps if you stand up and walk around for a few minutes at least once each hour during the duration of your flight.

Drink water

Staying hydrated helps keep your circulation strong and can help reduce swollen feet while traveling. Bonus: Drinking plenty of fluids will force you to get up and walk to the restroom, which is good for your feet!

Elevate your feet

It might be difficult, but try to elevate your feet while on the plane. Use any neighboring free seats or the foot bar on the seat in front of you. Propping up your feet will help alleviate any swelling and soreness that has already set in.

Avoid crossing your legs

Crossing your legs further slows circulation, so try to keep your legs straight as much as possible when on the plane.

Be extra careful if you have diabetes or other ailments

If you or someone your are flying with suffers from diabetes take care to pay attention to your feet to avoid any injuries while traveling and walking a lot. Make sure your shoes are broken in to avoid irritation. In addition, write down your doctor’s phone number and a current medication list. Keep this information with you in your carry-on bag, purse, or wallet. This information will be helpful if you need to see a doctor away from home.

Happy Flying!


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