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What are your plans for the summer? Visiting the pool may be on the list. You could also be planning a spectacular family vacation. Either way, we want to help you enjoy every step along the way. It starts with preparing your feet and planning for potential foot problems. Are you ready to pack your bags?

The best advice to share for your summer travels is to pack wisely and plan a visit to your podiatrist. Checking these two tasks off your checklist will put you on the right path.

The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group are sharing five things you can do now to prevent foot problems this summer:

Recover fully

If you are recovering from an injury, it doesn’t mean your summer plans are on hold. It does, however, mean that you need to take your time. Returning to normal activity after a healing injury can cause more damage. It can put you on the sidelines again.

Find your summer shoes

Of course, you want to show your toes this summer. The best advice is to choose anything but non-supportive flip-flops. They do not provide the arch support you need. Shop for sandals that would make your podiatrist proud.

Keep your feet dry

Practice airing out your shoes each day. When you wash your feet, dry them, too. Don’t forget to dry between your toes. As moisture becomes a big deal during the summer, watch for foot infections.

Apply sunscreen

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and you can do things now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Yes, the sun can also damage the skin on our feet and ankles. Continue the habit of wearing sunscreen regularly.

Keep your appointment

It may be tempting, but don’t cancel your podiatry appointment before vacation. We want to see how you are doing. If you have diabetes, regular foot checks allow us to detect concerns early. If you must cancel, please reschedule before you take your trip.

We’re always here to support you. As summer travel plans kick up, we’re here to help with any foot and ankle pain that could prevent you from having your best summer yet. At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitisbunionshammertoescorns and callusesingrown toenailsdiabetic foot care complicationschildren’s foot problemsskin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area