Cause Walking: How to Protect Your Feet Before, During and After the Event
By Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH
Director and Founder, Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service, Hospital for Special Surgery;
Director and Founder, Joe DiMaggio Sports Medicine Foot and Ankle Center at Weill Cornell Medical Center;
Member, IPFH Scientific Advisory Board
Whether this is your first cause walk or you’re a seasoned “pro,” I congratulate you for participating in an event that will help raise money for those in need while helping you get in shape, stay in shape and enjoy the camaraderie of others who share your passion for the cause.
That said, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what you are capable of and what it will take for you to make it to the finish line. Many novice cause walkers underestimate what it takes to fulfill their commitment, especially for a distance walk or multi-day event. Although a cause walk isn’t a marathon, it still requires training, preparation and self-care before, during and after the event. Walking is a great workout precisely because it can be as challenging as running for the lower legs, feet and ankles due to the prolonged interaction between the foot (particularly the heel and forefoot) and the ground. Here’s what you need to know to reduce the possibility of foot problems, build stamina and endurance and enjoy your cause-walking experience.