As the sunshine takes over and the grass gets greener, Victorians shake out the winter cobwebs and prepare for their next party- the Spring racing carnival! Whether you are a classic Derby Day goer or more of an Oak’s Day enthusiast, keeping your feet happy on race day is a necessity not worth gambling on. Our podiatrist, Natalie has put together her top tips to keep your feet happy and you out and celebrating on race day.
- A day at the races is a marathon not a sprint. Just as you would investigate the perfect runner for a marathon, the style of the heel you are wearing can play an imperative role on your overall comfort throughout the day. Wedged heels or shoes with a “chunky” heel are an excellent choice at redistributing the high pressure load at your ankle and heel. We have taken the hard job on and found that Bared Footwear and Frankie Four heels are the way to go. Offering a stylish variety of options, each of their shoes are carefully designed to satisfy our podiatric preferences.
Always wear a heel that offers some form of fixation; whether in the form of a velcro strap or an “around the ankle” buckle, fixation reduces how hard the intrinsic foot muscles have to work and will limit the likelihood of you having a fall.
Wearing a heel with a backing can make a world of difference to the overall comfort of the shoe. A heel counter is the round backing of normal shoes; a number of heels are now designed to incorporate this feature to reduce the possibility of your foot slipping out or over the shoe. A shoe with a heel counter will reduce the workload of your foot throughout the day so you can focus on the more important things the races have to offer.
Pack a first aid kit
For blister emergencies! There’s nothing worse than having a hot spot on your little toe or the back of your heels halfway through the day. By packing a few essentials in your clutch, you will be able to alleviate the pressure and avoid any potential crises. We recommend packing a couple of pieces of Primapore or the Elastoplast advanced blister plasters to reduce any friction related injuries.
Avoid taking them off
As tempting as it may be to rest your tootsies at the end of a long day, avoid taking your shoes off for the walk up the deadly Flemington hill. This will keep your feet happy and avoid any chance of you trudging over some broken glass or other unsavoury items on the ground. You’ll also keep the security happy. If you truly struggle, packing a pair of flats into an oversized clutch may provide the perfect solution!
So there you have it, our top tips for happy feet this Spring Carnival. If you have any queries about your race day footwear or how to get your feet race day ready, feel free to send us an email ([email protected]) or give us a call on 1300 945 789.