3 Physio Tips For You During Mad March
Mad March is one of the most exciting months in Adelaide. With lots of artists, shows and events happening around town. Whilst it’s lots of fun, it can also be a long and tiring month. Here are some Physio tips that will help you to enjoy all of the events and festivities throughout March. Without feeling too exhausted by the end of the month!
Choose the right shoes
Going to events like the Superloop Adelaide 500, Womadelaide & the Adelaide Fringe can require lots of walking. This can lead to tired and sore feet, here are some tips 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 foot 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, with the hottest day on the globe recorded this January. It can also become 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, 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 Mad March, without feeling exhausted or experiencing sunburn by the end of the month. If you do happen to injure yourself during March, you can find your nearest practice by visiting this link.