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On the Road: Foot Care While Traveling

On the Road: Foot Care While Traveling
Holidays are travel time for many. Your poor tootsies take a beating as you plane, train and automobile to all of the gatherings. How can you care for your feet when traveling?

Flying Feet

Your feet swell when you travel. Moisturize your feet twice a day for two weeks to get your skin prepared to recover from flying. The care you invest before you travel will reduce your foot's anger.

You may walk a couple of miles a day when flying here and there. Airports are huge. Stick your fancy shoes in your carry-on and wear sneakers through the airport. 

Don’t forget the socks. Socks will protect your feet as you pass through security screening and on the plane. You won’t have to worry about picking up bacteria as you stretch your feet during the flight.

Get a little exercise on your flight. Walk around on the plane. Two trips to the bathroom on a four-hour flight keep your body active. “Gas pedal” (point and flex) exercises can be done while seated.

Shoe Strains

Your flats may not make it easy on your feet, especially when you’re traveling. Purchase an adhesive arch support if needed. Naked feet in flats can contribute to fungus growth so sterilize those shoes.

After a stressful day for your feet, soak them in cold water for 10-20 minutes. Pat your feet dry and moisturize. Stretch your legs up along the headboard of your bed for 10-15 minutes to drain any excess fluid.

Listen as Dr. Krista Archer joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share how to love your feet while traveling.

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Featured Speaker:
Krista Archer, DPM
Dr. Krista ArcherDr. Krista A. Archer is a podiatry surgeon who prides herself on attention to detail and excellent cosmetic results, making her patients’ feet look and feel better.

As a former competitive athlete and marathon runner, she enjoys treating sports-related and exercise-induced injuries. As a fashion lover, she is determined to make high heels more wearable. She has developed a line of natural skin care products to maintain healthy, beautiful feet.  

Dr. Archer is committed to providing pain relief and solutions to foot problems associated with plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, heel pain, bunions, corns, calluses, and foot and ankle arthritis, and more.

Dr. Archer is currently on staff at Lenox Hill Hospital (New York, NY). She is also a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), and the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA).

Prior to attending podiatric medical school Dr. Archer was part of the Bone Biology & Research division of a major biopharmaceutical company. Here, she was primarily involved in the research and development of novel implantable and injectable delivery systems for rhBMP-2 (recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2), and investigated the efficacy of rhBMP-2 on fracture healing.

Today, rhBMP-2 is available to spine surgery patients under the product name Infuse®. Dr.Archer remains active in research, and has been published in leading medical and scientific journals. As a medical student she published a groundbreaking paper on plantar fasciitis.

Currently, she is investigating the use and efficacy of laser for the treatment of nail fungus, warts, and heel pain.

Dr. Archer also created and launched her own line of Arch skin products, which use some of the best natural ingredients to heal and moisturize dry, cracked skin and protect nails.

Dr. Archer graduated with honors, and in the top 10 students of her class from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and she was selected to attend one of the top podiatric surgical residency programs. At St. Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston, NJ) she received extensive training in foot and ankle surgery from orthopedic and podiatric surgeons alike. She went on to receive further training in foot and ankle arthroscopy. Dr. Archer completed her undergraduate pre-med track at William Smith College where she graduated with honors and a B.S. in Biology. She was also an Academic-All-American, and varsity captain of William Smith’s NCAA championship lacrosse team.  Dr. Archer is a 2016 inductee into the Heron Hall of Honor receiving the Hosking Award, which recognizes distinguished former William Smith student-athletes for outstanding lifetime achievement in their chosen field of work.

Dr. Archer is a native New Yorker and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, kids, and dogs.