People would say that getting there is half the fun. But if long hours on the road, in the air, or on the tracks is what you are anticipating, then getting there can be the worst part of your trip.
Chalk it up to tight transportation quarters or cramped positions. In fact, many people tend to be inactive and sit in one position for prolonged periods when traveling and this can stiffen the muscles and hinder circulation. Because of this inactivity, certain health problems can also be caused such as blood clots in the legs and swelling of the feet.
When it comes to finding relief and relaxation during your journey and at your destination, it is as simple as knowing how to treat your feet. You can help keep your circulation in check if you move and stretch your feet and legs and wear proper footwear.
Give your feet – and yourself – a little tender loving care with these simple travel tips.
Work out right in your seat. Sprinting through the aisle may be out of the question, but physical activity is possible without irking other passengers, thanks to simple foot exercises.
Be sure to rotate each foot several times clockwise and counterclockwise and repeat procedure. Flex your toes up and down, working your calves. If the room allows it, raise each knee and hold it there for a few seconds and tensing your thigh muscle. Or you can just wiggle your toes.
Try to stay mobile. You should listen t the pilot’s advice when he tells you to move about the cabin because it would do you good. Experts recommend stretching your legs and walking around at least once an hour. If possible, request an aisle seat in order to facilitate movement.
Always wear comfortable footwear. Take off your shoes or loosen your shoelaces while you are traveling. If you want to keep swollen feet at bay during long flights, then wear supportive elastic stockings. Pack supportive shoes and socks, especially if your vacation calls for plenty of sightseeing on foot.
If a special evening calls for high heels, wear heels no higher than 1.5 inches. The wider the heel, the more support and this is the podiatrist’s rule of thumb. During a night of dancing, a pair of quality oxfords for men offers comfort.
What to do with new shoes that have not been broken in? Leaving them at home would be the best option.
Try to cool your heels. Pack a spa kit for your feet, complete with foot lotion for a soothing massage, a foot brush and pedicure materials for use after a full day of walking around.