There’s no denying that since the weather has improved and the evenings have become brighter, we are seeing more people out and about getting in their daily exercise. A lot of people have taken to the roads walking, jogging, running and cycling. People are more aware than ever of the benefits of regular exercise for the mind and body.
There are many upcoming events which people can get involved in:
The 10th anniversary edition West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon is taking place on Sunday May 5th 2019 in Castlebar. This is always a fun day out followed by a great sense of achievement at the finish line. Along with my friends and family I completed this 10km last year and raised €1,620.00 for the Ballina branch of MS Ireland. There is a registration fee of €20.00 and you can register here.
Unfortunately I am unable to attend this year as I am out of the country. However, if you would like to see a short video clip I created from last year you can check it out in my ‘running’ blog.
Monday May 13th to Friday May 17th is National Walk to School Week. This is an opportunity for both parents and children to get in some light exercise and to start their day off well. This is a free event taking place across the country.
The River Moy half marathon takes place on Saturday 18th May at 10AM in Ballina, Co. Mayo. This race course runs mainly along the banks of the River Moy with just over one mile taking runners through the scenic Belleek Woods. There is an entry fee of €30.00 for this race.
In addition to walking in Ireland, people are also travelling abroad to take on the Camino walk. I regularly encounter patients who are in preparation for such walks and seeking foot care advice.
Apart from running and cycling I have also noticed an increase in the number of people going trekking and hiking. We are blessed in the west of Ireland with many popular hiking attractions, Benbulbin in Co. Sligo, Nephin, Co. Mayo and Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo, to name a few. I have taken on Croagh Patrick twice so far and it is a little challenging if you are not hiking regularly. It is important to prepare for this to prevent damage to your feet. I will give you some simple tips for preparation later in this blog.
I am proud to say that I personally know two people who took on Everest Base Camp this year and both successfully completed it!
My cousin Amanda Conlon took on this challenge to raise funds for Cancer Care West and St. Luke’s Hospital. She has raised over €1,300.00 so far on her go fund me page.
My friend Mark Egan also made it to Everest Base camp with a group of 9 others. Their chosen charities are Rivermoy Search and Rescue & Ballina Men’s Shed.
A huge well done to everyone who took on such a difficult challenge and raised money for such worthy causes!
It is important to note that such activities have a noticeable effect on your feet. Blisters, corns and callus often occur when people are engaging in running, hiking, etc. There are thing you can do to prevent and treat these problems:
-preparation is key
-Select suitable shoes (See my previous post on ‘running’ for more information)
-Always wear in your shoes, never wear new shoes on a long hike. The same goes for new socks.
-Blisters are a regular occurrence as your feet get hot and swell during the day, therefore, you should always stock up on blister patches (‘Compeed’ are a personal favourite of mine)
-I would advise having your feet assessed prior to any major activity as issues such as corns and callus can be very painful when you are on your feet a lot. It is not advisable to remove too much callus prior to activity as this can leave the area vulnerable. Instead, this callus removal should be carried out after the activity/hike has been completed.
-If you think you may have a bunion there are protective devices you can purchase which prevent friction and blisters. Ask your Podiatrist for advice.
If you have any further questions you can contact Step Ahead Footcare on 0876001324.