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Summer Heat & Sore Feet

If you haven’t already, now is the time to plan your summer vacation. Just you, a nice breeze, the summer heat, and… sore feet? That last part doesn’t sound very relaxing at all! We know what you’re thinking – we go on vacation to have fun and melt the stress away, not to get our feet and ankles in a jam. Get the most out of your vacation by practicing some of these #lifehacks during your next vacation:

  • When you check in at the concierge, ask for extra towels! By doing this, you’ve ensured that you have protection for your feet before and after each shower. Hotel staff clean thoroughly, but it’s better to be safe than to develop athlete’s foot or an infection if you have an open sore!
  • If you’re someone who enjoys sights and sounds the most when traveling for vacation, this one is especially important for you. If you’re not used to walking a lot, a few miles can go by quickly when you’re in a new place…that means blisters and foot fatigue, ahoy! Get one step ahead by applying blister protection, like a band-aid, and packing a few over-the-counter pain relief tablets.
  • Vacationing by the water? Don’t forget to bring an extra pair of shoes. When your shoes get wet and they’re not dried or changed for quite some time, this leaves room for bacteria to grow while you’re out being active. Bacteria can turn into an infection, fungus, or foot odor. For each pair of shoes, be sure to bring several pairs of socks!
  • Are you ready to be so prepared that your podiatrist will start calling you a foot pro? Hold on to your flip-flops – invest in a pair of orthotics! Go the extra mile and combine them with compression socks. These will help keep your feet comfortable and keep the swelling down.

When you practice these tips, you’ll be relieved when your hard work and preparation comes in handy during your next vacation. Our last and best piece of advice is to check in with Dr. Scott McKinney to make sure all of your feet and ankle needs have been met before the big trip! Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations in the Houston, Texas and downtown area.

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Happy Feet & Fitness

Do your persistent foot problems have you feeling like getting physically fit is an unattainable goal? First and foremost, make sure you’ve had a recent checkup with Dr. Scott Mckinney before getting started. Secondly, be sure to have properly fitting shoes for physical activity! There are plenty of ways to get active this spring and summer season without putting so much pressure on your feet or ankles. These activities are considered easy on the feet and are sometimes referred to as “low impact” exercises. The options are nearly endless, but here are just a few fitness examples to inspire you to get moving!

  • Weight Lifting – Lifting a set of weights requires very little effort on your feet! Most often, lifting can be done in a sitting position as well to reduce fatigue.
  • Cycling or Biking – Depending on the intensity, biking and cycling work your whole body while putting minimal pressure on your feet due to your weight being evenly distributed.
  • Rowing or Kayaking – When rowing, you rely on your upper body and arms entirely. Your feet and ankles get to relax as you push your upper body using your knees!
  • Hiking or Climbing – The great thing about hiking and climbing is that you get to choose the difficulty by researching your chosen trail ahead of time. A short hike with a steep incline will reduce foot fatigue but do wonders for your cardio needs!
  • Yoga or Pilates – These two activities are relaxing, renewing, and wonderful for improving your stability and circulation. Best of all, it’s easy on your feet!
  • Swimming – Thanks to physics, swimming is the lowest possible impact sport you could imagine. Not only is it low impact on your feet, it’s virtually no impact on your entire body!
  • Walking – The great thing about being bipedal is that it encompasses many different activities in one: hiking, using an elliptical or stair master, golfing, or simply taking a walk in the park.

There you have it – your starter list of physical activities and sports that are low impact exercises and easy on the feet. It can’t be said enough how important it is to check in with your podiatrist before committing to a fitness regimen. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Get a head start on your spring and summer fitness today by calling us at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment.