Summer is here and that means that holiday season has arrived. But did you know that many foot and ankle injuries happen on the way to the airport? It’s true! Before holiday goers have even stepped foot on to a plane, or had a chance to unpack their suitcases, they run the risk of accidently injuring their foot or ankle. This is because with so many people scrambling around trying to find their passports, looking for their terminal or hunting for their missing swimming shorts, this is the season where many accidental foot injuries unfortunately happen. We here at Dr Usuelli’s foot and ankle clinic have highlighted the main causes for injuring your foot and ankle on the way to the airport.

1) Trying on Summer Shoes

Whilst packing your suitcase, it’s very tempting to try on your brand new summer shoes one last time. But because many people are excited or may be in a rush to pack, they put themselves at a risk of injury whilst wearing inappropriate footwear. Many accidents happen at home from some people falling over whilst wearing summer shoes that are not designed to safeguard and protect their feet and ankles. Unfortunately, many summer shoes are designed for aesthetic purposes alone and not for comfort. High heels and tight narrow shoes fail to secure and protect the foot and can leave people susceptible to severe injury if they suddenly fall over. Make sure you choose summer shoes that provide adequate arch support and can absorb any sudden impact or trauma to your foot and ankle.

2) Rushing to the Airport

We’ve all been there! You’re running late to catch your flight and determined to make the check in. Many foot and ankle related injuries happen when people are rushing across the airport and not looking where they are going. The surface is also very shiny and smooth and can prove extremely dangerous for people who are running and suddenly lose their footing. Take time to leave early and if you are running late make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any potential hazards.

3) Further Slips & Trips

Many foot and ankle injuries happen when people are rushing around their homes looking for their passports or any last minute items they’ve forgotten to pack. Take your time and make sure you look out for any potential hazards in your home that may cause you to trip over. It’s so easy to fall over and twist your foot and ankle whilst packing your suitcase and many accidents can ruin your plans of a nice, relaxing holiday.

4) RSI (Repetitive Ankle Strain Injury)

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) can happen in the foot and ankle, and are gradually experienced over time from a person overstraining. If you have a history of foot and ankle RSI, make sure you take your time and don’t overextend when pulling or pushing your suitcase to the airport. Many old injuries can be worsened from a person taking the full weight of an object on their strained ankle area. If you’re taking a heavy suitcase with you and worried you may aggravate an old or existing injury, find an alternative way of transporting your luggage to the airport.

5) Carrying too many things

Over packing is a constant issue for many holiday goers. With so many things to bring it’s a nightmare trying to take them all with us to the airport. From summer hats, beach balls and iPads, to extra hand luggage and sports equipment; every year many holidaymakers over pack and cause themselves a high risk of injury trying to bring everything with them. Extra bags and items can add extra weight on to our ankle joints not to mention unbalancing us as we rush to get our plane. Take your time to ensure that you don’t over pack and put yourselves at risk of a foot and ankle injury.


We have successfully treated many British patients who have suffered foot and ankle injuries. From ankle sprains and ankle fractures to ankle cartilage injuries and more, we have provided unrivalled diagnosis and treatment to many British patients. So if you’ve experienced an injury this summer or want to book a consultation with a member of our friendly team of medical professionals then contact us today.