Bonnaroo Foot Pain and Prevention - Part 1
Plantar Fascitis (heel and arch pain)
Eric Bouldin, DPM
Podiatric Physician and Surgeon – Manchester, Tennessee
(Bonnaroo Veteran – attending 9 of the 10 Bonnaroos)
Dr Bouldin is one of the new breed of young professionals who work hard to achieve excellence....and then take time off to enjoy Bonnaroo.
Dr Bouldin is a leading reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon with expertise in flat foot and Cavus foot reconstruction, repair of old injuries, arthritis and redo surgeries of the foot and ankle.
A special interest is Charcot foot reconstruction (severe foot deformity from nerve damage typically from diabetes) often utilizing the Ilizarov type external fixation frames.
Bonnaroo – music, campsites, friends, fun
Bonnaroo – think walking, hiking, standing, more walking.....hours of fun for you, but hours of stress on your feet.
Don't worry – your feet are made for standing, walking, hiking, running, jumping, activities, sports.....
but, after several hours, they need help.
You need to bring a good, comfortable athletic shoe. A good arch support is also helpful especially if you have any history of heel or arch pain.
A flip flop that has no arch in it does not support your foot.
Same for a Croc type shoe or sandal.
Look for the sandals, Croc, running shoe that comes with arch support that matches up with your foot, or, just bring your most comfortable casual shoes.
If your work boots or hiking boots feel the best – use them.
Arch supports sold in the athletic stores – for athletic activities - are better than most Dr Scholls arches.
Also, many local Dr of Podiatric Medicine offices near you have prefab type orthotics available at a reasonable price.
You can change to flat sandals or flip flops when your are back at your campsite.
Better support and gentle stretching are helpful for prevention.
Ice, anti inflammatory medicine, rest, better support if pain starts.
Have a great time at Bonnaroo. Do not let foot pain interfere.