Keeping Feet Safe at Outdoor Festivals and Events
It is worth noting that the following tips aren’t sage advice only for the Americana Festival. You should use them no matter what kind of outdoor festival or fair you and your family or friends are planning on attending this summer. They include taking measures like:
Take a pass on flip-flops! Sure, these summer staples allow your feet to breathe, but save them for walking on the beach. Why? Two big reasons – 1) most flip-flops do not offer anything close to the amount of arch support and cushioning your feet need and 2) they only have a thin piece of material to keep them on your feet.
If you understand the importance of arch support and cushioning in footwear, the first point is fairly self-explanatory. If you aren’t sure what we mean, this is simply a matter of the fact that your feet endure tremendous force loads throughout the course of the day. As they do, those forces need to be properly distributed. Your foot arches play a key role in making sure that happens, and the arches require adequate support to ensure they can handle the job.
With regards to the second point, though, take a moment and think about what your toes do when you walk around in flip-flops. In all likelihood, they are curled to press down as you walk. The problem with this is the fact it overworks muscles and tendons in your toes and feet. Imbalance within these soft tissues is a major contributing factor for hammertoe conditions.
Choose breathable footwear. Fortunately, we live in a time when you can find shoes that are both stylish and functional. (Trust us, that wasn’t always the case!) You have plenty of options, but something to consider when you wear closed-toe shoes is that it’s best to make sure they are made from breathable materials.
Shoes that enable your feet to breath—and especially when paired with moisture-wicking socks—keep your lower appendages cool and lower your risk for fungal infections (athlete’s foot, toenail fungus).
Shoes should fit well. Choosing appropriate footwear is a great starting point in foot health, but you also need to wear shoes that fit well – at least, you should if you want to avoid problems like blisters, ingrown toenails, and calluses.
Both “too loose” and “too tight” can be bad in their own respective ways, so choose models that cradle your heel firmly (when laced) and still offer a little room for toes to wiggle. If you can’t wiggle your toes or find that your feet slide around inside your shoes, you simply need to pick a different size. (Don’t try to tough it out – no matter how cute those shoes are!)
Enjoy Americana Festival – Without Foot Pain!
Hopefully these tips will help you avoid pain and problems when you attend the festival this year. In the event you have an existing issue that needs to be diagnosed and treated, contact our team at Sunshein Podiatry Associates. We will evaluate the situation, determine what is wrong (and why it happened!), and then create a plan to resolve it for you.
If you would like additional information or want to schedule an appointment with our Centerville office, simply give us a call at (937) 435-7477 or connect with us online today!