FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - For many, a day at the fair means a lot of walking. There are some things you can do to make sure your feet are prepared.
Dr. Peter Daly, an orthopedic surgeon from Summit Orthopedics joined us at the KARE barn with tips to protect your feet.
Pace yourself. There is a lot to see and do at the state fair. With approximately 15 miles of sidewalks and seven miles of road throughout the fairgrounds, that's a lot of walking, so don't overexert yourself. You should be able to have a conversation while walking and not be out of breath.
Practice proper posture. Everyone's walk is a little different, but remember to maintain a straight spine, hold your head high, and relax your ankles, knees, hips and arms. Try to work your feet in a heel to toe motion.
Choose the right shoe. For most people, shoes that work best are those that balance cushion, stability and just plain comfort.
Avoid those flip flops! Although a symbol of carefree summer days, most flip flops are too flat, too thin and too open. They lack arch support and expose the foot to the environment (making it easier for foreign objects to invade.) The toe thong forces toe muscles to over grip, increasing the risk of fractures.