Happy Mardi Gras from all of us here at Gulf South Foot and Ankle!
As we approach “Deep Gras,” we want to give you a few tips to ensure you can “get down” on the route.
Whether you’re up in the front dancing with the band or walking to get another drink, these tips can get you all the way to Ash Wednesday.
1. Do we even need to say it? Please wear closed-toed shoes!!
Closed-toed shoes offer much more support than sandals or flip-flops, but that may be the least of your worries during Mardi Gras. When thousands of people fill the streets, accidents happen. It is much better to be safe rather than sorry. Closed-toed shoes protect your feet from glass, broken beads, fried chicken bones, and some pretty gross liquids.
2. Wear shoes that provide support and are comfortable.
Parades can start as early as 10 AM and you might not get back home until early morning hours. Odds are, most people will be out there for at least a few hours. Your shoes should feel comfortable until you can find a stoop or an ice chest to take a seat on. Tennis shoes are probably your best bet. They provide adequate support, protection, and comfort.
3. This is a marathon, not a sprint - but regardless, you need to stretch.
Sometimes hearing the word stretching can make you think of a long and strenuous routine, but it can be quick and simple! Even five minutes of stretching can help prevent pain and soreness. Mardi Gras is an athletic event. It is a lot of walking, standing, dancing, etc. Prepare for it like you are working out. Stretch in the morning before you start your day and try to stretch at the end of the day.
Looking for good stretches to try? Check out this list of foot and ankle stretches.
4. After a long day of parades put your feet up. You deserve it.
Mardi Gras is such a special time of year in Louisiana. We all get together to celebrate and have fun as a community. Take some time to relax whenever you can. A break between parades? Grab a seat. Need something to eat? Rest your feet. It’s important to remember your feet amidst all the fun and festivities.
Whether you are a veteran or celebrating for the first time, we hope you have a safe and fun Carnival season! Don’t forget your feet and ankles. Give them a break, a nice stretch, and some comfortable shoes.
If you do experience foot or ankle pain during Mardi Gras, come see our excellent podiatrists at Gulf South Foot and Ankle. We are here to “literally get you back on your feet.”