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Date:11/24/2009

go barefoot through airport security. While current airport security requirements call for travelers to remove their shoes when proceeding through security checkpoints, always remember to wear socks. Going barefoot, especially in areas with high foot traffic, can leave feet vulnerable to dirt and bacteria.
  • Be mindful of footwear choices. While you may be tempted to don the hottest footwear styles of the season while on the go, ditch the 3-inch high heels and snug dress shoes in favor of a comfortable, supportive athletic shoe. This allows for your feet to breathe and receive ample cushioning, helping to prevent ingrown and bruised toenails. Additionally, avoid wearing socks that constrict above the ankle area.
  • Walk around. For every 45 minutes you spend sitting down while traveling, make time to stand and walk around for five minutes. Sitting for long periods of times restricts blood flow to the legs and feet, which can lead to swelling and, in extreme cases, blood clots of the legs.
  • Exercise your feet. While sitting, roll your ankles and point toes up and down to encourage blood flow. If your feet begin to swell, unlace your shoes.
  • Pack a foot care emergency kit. Be prepared: in case of a minor foot problem, pack adhesive bandages, foot powder, antibiotic cream, tweezers, and nail clippers in your toiletry bag.

  • For more foot health information, visit www.apma.org.

    Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading and recognized professional organization for doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs). DPMs are podiatric physicians and surgeons, also known as podiatrists, qualified by their education, training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and structures of the leg. The medical education and training of a DPM includes
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