Milwaukee Summer Fun (and Foot Care Tips!)
There are plenty of opportunities to have fun in town this summer, but today let’s focus on some Milwaukee activities you might want to participate in or check out with friends and family.
Naturally, any conversation about summer fun in Milwaukee has to start with “The World’s Largest Music Festival” – Summerfest.
This year, the “Big Gig” kicks off on June 27th and runs through July 8th. You know you can catch some big acts on the main stage, but don’t forget to check out the action on the secondary stages. (After all, there are over 800 bands performing at the festival.) (According to Summerfest; we didn’t actually count them all!)
If we’re talking about big events, we’d be remiss not to include the Wisconsin State Fair, which takes place from August 2nd through August 12th this year.
Sure, the Waukesha County Fair (the oldest county fair in the state!) is a great place for food, entertainment, and fun right here in town, but it does pale in comparison to the State Fair. (That said, be sure to keep your calendar open for July 18th through July 22nd so you can stop by the county fairgrounds!)
Now, if you’re going to the State Fair, make sure you wear some comfortable shoes—more on this shortly!—since checking out all the events, displays, and demonstrations will put a lot of steps into your Fitbit (or other activity logging device).
At present, the Brewer season is going pretty well and we certainly don’t want to jinx that. Still, another great option for enjoying the summer is to head to Miller Park and watch the Brewers as they look to improve on last year’s results and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2011. If the bullpen holds up and the team stays healthy, there’s a good chance they can make it happen!
For a more active experience, you may want to take advantage of any of the walking or running trails found throughout the city, or load up your bike and spend a day cycling around town. Activities like these are great ways to keep your feet—and the rest of you!—healthy and in shape.
Perhaps one of the best ways to have fun this summer is to stop out at the Milwaukee County Zoo with any younger family members (sons, daughters, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc.). Sure, you could enjoy viewing and learning about the animals yourself, but it is so much better when children get excited seeing the over 3,100 different mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
At Waukesha Foot Specialists, we want you to have every opportunity possible. We’ve only barely scratched the surface on ways to have fun in the “Great City on a Great Lake,” but you might have to pass on these extracurriculars if you have foot pain or dysfunction.
To keep your feet healthy and safe this summer—so you can enjoy those outstanding activities throughout the entire season—here are some tips to help:
- Wear comfortable shoes. If you are attending Summerfest or any of the other Milwaukee festivals this year, you are probably going to spend a lot of time on your feet. When you do, you want to make sure you are wearing shoes that are comfortable, supportive, and functional.
- Wear activity-appropriate footwear. Sure, if you’re watching the Brew Crew at Miller Park, you don’t need to sport baseball cleats, but if you participate in any of our local softball leagues make sure you do! Even if you play more for fun—or beverages with the team afterwards—and aren’t super competitive, you still want to protect yourself from injury.
That example is certainly applicable, but keep in mind this tip pertains to any kind of physical activity you might do. So if you enjoy going for a run here in town or driving out to the lakefront and training there, make sure you are wearing running shoes that fit appropriately and work with your particular pronation pattern. And if you head to any of the basketball or tennis courts for some competitive summer fun, wear basketball or tennis shoes (respectively) to lower your injury risk.
- Wear moisture-wicking socks and shoes made from breathable materials. We don’t have to tell you that our summer months can bring more heat than a Josh Hader fastball. When temperatures start rising (like the Brewers’ playoff chances this year!), your feet start to produce more sweat to stay cool. This is natural, but there’s a slight problem – fungi and bacteria love damp, warm, and dark environments.
Reduce your risk of fungal and bacterial infection—and keep your feet and footwear from smelling outright funky—by choosing footwear that wicks away moisture and allows feet to actually breathe.
- Ease into new activities. Hey, we know it can be exciting to participate in fun, summer activities or take advantage of the nice weather to start a running program, but always take the time to ease into new physical activities. Remember, trying to do “too much, too soon” is almost always a recipe for injury!
- Warm up and stretch. Before you head out for a run or take to the court for the game of pickup or rec league basketball, spend a good 10-15 minutes warming up and stretching first. For your warmup, brisk walking or light jogging will start get your cardiovascular system ready for action. When it comes to stretching, perform dynamic stretches—not static ones (where you hold a stretching position for 30 seconds)—to prepare your musculoskeletal system and reduce your risk for orthopedic injuries.
- Stay hydrated. One potential problem that can develop during summertime activities is cramping in legs and feet. A smart way to avoid this is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water during hot days, and especially if you are staying active.
- Eat well. When you think about the benefits of healthy eating, you probably don’t consider foot and ankle health. Well, the fact of the matter is that a nutritious, healthy diet keeps your lower limbs healthy and strong. This is absolutely essential if you have diabetes and strongly recommended if you suffer from gout. At the same time, every person on this planet benefits when he or she makes smart dietary choices.
One way to do so is to practice “clean eating.” This is simply a matter of eating food as close to its natural form and state as possible. If this is something you are interested in practicing—and we certainly recommend doing so—you might want to consider shopping at the Waukesha Farmers Market for the best fresh produce around. The market is open now through October 27th on Saturdays from 8 AM – noon.
- Don’t push through pain. We hope you are able to stay safe, healthy, and injury-free this summer (and the rest of the year, too!). Of course, we also know that injuries happen. That is simply a risk that’s always present when our bodies are in motion. If you do feel pain in a foot or ankle—or anything doesn’t seem right as you move—contact our Waukesha office for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Pain is your body’s way of letting you know there’s a problem, so let us provide the treatment you need to resolve the problem.
In the event you do have an issue that develops in your lower limbs and you need expert care and treatment for a foot or ankle, contact Waukesha Foot Specialists at the earliest opportunity. Let us help you find relief from pain and restored functionality!
Contact us today by calling (262) 544-0700 for more information or to request your appointment.