Summer in Richardson has plenty of fun activities to take advantage of. If you’re like us, though, it tends to be over before you know it.
School lets out, you see months ahead of you and think, “Look at all this time to spend!” Then next thing you know summer is half over and you still haven’t taken any time off work yet!
If your opportunities are winding down, we have a few suggestions for summer fun you can have right here in our area—including family-friendly and grown-ups only events.
And we wouldn’t be a podiatry practice if we didn’t throw in a few foot care tips along the way, right?
Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk
Held the second Thursday of each month, adults of drinking age get the opportunity to spend a calm summer evening touring the Plano Arts District while sampling wines at each location.
Every participant on the walk receives a commemorative glass, along with a passport and a wine guide. The passport is stamped at each location visited, and can be turned in at the end of the evening for a chance to win prizes!
Each month has its own theme, as well. August’s is “Dog Days of Summer” and will include a performance by classic rock cover band The Poor Dogs. A portion of proceeds will also benefit Second Chance SPCA.
Tickets for the walk are $12 pre-sale and $18 at the door. Visit the Art Walk website to learn more info.
Foot Tip! Even with a relaxing, easy (and maybe a little tipsy) walk, be mindful of what footwear you choose. Flip-flops may be cool, but they are not great for extended walking. If you insist on them, opt for a good, leather pair—they’re less likely to give you blisters than cheap plastic brands.
Bedford Blues & BBQ
Over Labor Day weekend, local flavor gets kicked up a notch at Bedford Blues & BBQ. This family-friendly event features a bevy of bands as well as more than 60 BBQ teams seeking to tantalize the public and judges alike.
If you like meat and music, then this is a must-attend. No doubt about it!
Foot Tip! BBQ pits can get hot, and so can your feet! If you are wearing shoes and socks (which is wise), change your socks at least daily. If your feet excessively sweat, it doesn’t hurt to keep an extra pair of socks in your car or carry bag to switch out into through the day. This helps keep your feet dry and more comfortable.
Hydrous Aqua Park
If you prefer your adventures wetter, then the Hydrous Aqua Park in Little Elm may be worth checking out with the family. Sort of an inflatable Ninja Warrior-esque course on a lake, it includes climbing walls, balance logs, see-saws and more—all floating on the water!
Sessions are 2 hours long and can accommodate up to 50 people, so maybe you can get grandma out for the family reunion?
Foot Tip! You might not choose to bounce around atop a lake, but pools are also fun. When in public, wet areas, though, it pays to protect your feet with shower shoes. These locations (along with locker rooms), are higher risk areas for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
Amusement parks are fun, but sometimes it’s nice to just get closer to nature again. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a great destination for just that.
There are more than 66 acres of beautifully tended grounds to explore, split up into 19 individually named gardens and additional areas. Take in a wonderful, colorful atmosphere as you enjoy the day.
All through August, general admission is discounted to just $2 per person, along with $5 parking and $2 admission to the children’s adventure garden. Every weekend in August, you can also listen to the playlists of the region’s top music personalities.
Foot Tip! If you’re out in the sun all day, and your feet are exposed, don’t forget to apply some sunscreen to them, too! The often overlooked tops of your feet are vulnerable to the sun as well. Also make sure to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside for best results.
Yoga on the Bridge (or Zumba, or Salsa…)
Perhaps you’re seeking something a bit more kinetic with your summer time. The Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge near Trinity Groves offers a unique venue from which to get some free lessons with the public.
A variety of exercise and fitness classes are offered here, and parking in the area is free, too! Check out their calendar of events to see what’s coming up.
Foot Tip! We encourage taking up new forms of exercise, but always recommend consulting with a trusted physician first before doing so. And when you do, make sure you have shoes that are designed for the task (you don’t want to go running miles in tennis shoes, for example!). We can help you determine the best equipment and stretches to keep your feet and ankles healthy before and after a workout.
Foot Care for All Seasons
However you choose to spend your remaining summer days, we wish you the best in memories, fun, and health!
And if you do happen to run into problems out there, from sports injuries to skin and nail problems, we’re here to get you the best treatments to get you back to enjoying the summer as quickly (but safely!) as possible.
Dr. Reister and staff are on hand for your foot and ankle care. Contact our Richardson office by calling (855) 919-4548. You may also fill out our online contact form at any time and a member of our staff will reach out to you.