Charity Walks – Getting Started!
Participating in a local charity walk is a great way to get involved in your community, and it gives you a chance to honor and support a cause that may be dear to you or has impacted your life in some way. This Thanksgiving in Dallas, TX join others in the 46th Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. This event, taking place on November 28th, 2013 is all about raising funds for YMCA programs such as the YMCA Cancer Collaborative, Urban Swim Program, Play and Learn program, and scholarship for disabilities.
When you know a race or walk such as this one is coming up, do you know the best ways to prepare? Do you know how to avoid injury before and during the event? Set yourself up for success by following a few tips. The first thing on your to-do list needs to be an assessment of your footwear. Your feet need to be in well-fitting, supportive shoes to avoid injury. Look for lightweight shoes with a firm heel, thick but flexible soles and good arch support and shock absorption.
Secondly, set up a running or walking routine several weeks before the event if you can to prepare your body for what is in store. Running or even walking a 5K straight from the couch is a sure fire way to invite an injury such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Always warm up and cool down each time you head out. While walking in particular, focus on proper form as well. This includes keeping your head up, your neck, shoulders and back relaxed, and having a nice easy swing of your arms. Try and walk as smoothly as you can by rolling from heel to toe on each stride.
In your preparations, if you have any new symptoms of a foot problem or pain, do not wait to seek treatment. You may have aggravated an existing condition, sustained an overuse injury, or need a modification to your footwear. Call Dallas Podiatry Works to be evaluated by Drs. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt. Our state-of-the-art treatments will have you ready for the charity walk in no time. Make an appointment today at our office in Dallas, TX by calling (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.