3 Physio Tips For Surviving Events
March is a fun month in Adelaide, with lots of artists, shows, and events happening around town. Whilst it’s lots of fun, going to events can also be long and tiring. Here are some Physio tips that will help you to enjoy all of the events and festivities during March, without feeling too exhausted by the end of the month!
Choose the right shoes
Going to events like Womadelaide & the Adelaide Fringe can require lots of walking. This can lead to tired and sore feet, here are some handy hints that will help you to minimise foot, leg, and back pain.
It’s recommended that ladies avoid wearing heels that are too high! Choose shoes that fit your feet properly and aren’t too narrow or tight. If it isn’t too hot, thick socks or compression tights provide you with an extra layer of support and help to prevent sore, tired legs at the end of the day. Wearing orthotics (insoles for your shoes) will provide your feet with extra arch support, cushioning the level of external impact on your feet, decreasing foot, leg, and back pain as well as foot and leg conditions.
Choose a comfortable surface
At the Fringe there are lots of street performers and buskers, as well as big crowds, it can be hard to find somewhere to sit at times. If that’s the case try and find a comfortable surface to stand on. If you can, choose grass or a wooden cushioned surface over concrete or ceramic tiles, this will help to provide some relief for your feet. To reduce the impact of standing for long periods of time when you get home we recommend that you stretch. A good exercise is to stretch your calf muscles by leaning against a wall with one knee bent and the other leg straight out behind you, keeping both feet flat on the floor. Hold this for 30 seconds and repeat a couple of times.
Avoid the heat
The temperatures can soar in Adelaide and it can continue to remain hot during March. If you’re out and about it’s important to take care when you’re in the sun. We all know that we need to slip, slop and slap, but did you know that there are actually 5 s’s of sun safety?
SLIP on a t-shirt
SLOP on SPF 30+ broad spectrum UVA sunscreen
SLAP on a broad-brimmed hat
SLIDE on quality sunglasses
Make sure that you SHADE from the sun whenever possible
These tips will help you to enjoy the local events that you may be going to, without feeling too exhausted or experiencing sunburn by the end of the month. If you do happen to injure yourself, you can find your nearest practice by visiting this link.