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#1 fit4lyf

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:21 PM

Man, my tootsies are always sore towards the end of the weekend. Especially the pads of the feet.

Working at a Physical Therapy Center, I experienced the benefits of the golf ball.
The method is simple, as you are seated or standing, one foot at a time, roll the golf ball all over the soul of the foot, rocking the foot forward, back and side to side. Improves blood flow and massages foot fat pads.

Easy relief for the feet. Bring a few for the group this year, you will never go to another festival without one.

#2 jimbo02816

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:30 PM

I made the foolish mistake to not wear footwear for the first day...boy was I sorry...hot, burning pavement, rocks..I was all beat up...wore my sneakers the rest of the weekend..

#3 gregoir

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:48 PM

sneakers are your friend. padding and ankle support

#4 Deadshow Dan

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:57 PM

Bring many socks, wet socks lead to blisters


Bring Epsom Salts. Soak your feet

#5 Geminimoon

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:14 PM

keen sandals have great support

#6 KittyRocks

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 10:44 PM

i do something similar w a tennis ball and my back...

#7 PeaceFrog

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:51 PM

keen sandals are awesome.

I like Birkenstock too, but they're too easy to get lost in the mud.

#8 Tabbooma

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:12 AM

Tabbooma will give it a try, worse case is there is a golf ball out there stinking like Tabbooma's feet :)

Man, my tootsies are always sore towards the end of the weekend. Especially the pads of the feet. Working at a Physical Therapy Center, I experienced the benefits of the golf ball. The method is simple, as you are seated or standing, one foot at a time, roll the golf ball all over the soul of the foot, rocking the foot forward, back and side to side. Improves blood flow and massages foot fat pads. Easy relief for the feet. Bring a few for the group this year, you will never go to another festival without one.



#9 liveyoursong

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:05 PM

I always try to change my footwear 2 or 3 times a day. It's like a new day for sore feet. Will def try the golf ball too.

#10 Spidergawd

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:37 PM

Two words solved this for me. Hiking boots.

#11 Depends

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:40 PM

Two words solved this for me. Hiking boots.


and Gold Bond

#12 jnjn

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:43 PM

i usually have a whale rub my feet throughout the day :coffee:

#13 gregoir

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:43 PM

don't stand up or walk around a lot. works great for me. :pimp:

#14 Terrapin Station

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:27 PM

Forget the golf balls.

At Banned Camp we have foot massagers come in on Friday. :coffee:

#15 KittyRocks

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:35 PM

don't stand up or walk around a lot. works great for me. :pimp:


not a bad approach but why not extend that into the use of a chair sedan? its the only way i travel. preferably being carried by a team of shirtless muscle men.

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#16 PieDoh

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:24 AM

Sole.....



No wonder they hurt...

#17 PeaceFrog

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:30 AM

those poor golf-balls

#18 TEO

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 04:35 AM

Cabana boys

#19 IT_Buzz

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:43 AM

Will try the golfball method. My foot doc suggested the Keens to me on account that I walk on hard floors all day.

#20 Geminimoon

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:56 PM

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#21 tyedyedee

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:09 PM

the no-fail foot treatment plan i follow is:

1. NEVER wear new shoes/sandals of any kind at a fest
2. always bring gold bond - its an excellent preventative measure sprinkled in your socks when you put them on
3. always bring GOOD socks and 2 pairs more than you think you could possibly need...if they get wet, change them asap
4. put sunscreen on your feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTHING is worse than not being able to touch the tops of your feet for the rest of the weekend


if you find you get rub sores or blisters, make sure you have my foot first aid kit -
a package of moleskin
some medical tape (the thin, light kind hospitals use, can buy in a CVS or walgreens)
a tube of neosporin, the numbing kind is a plus
small pair of scissors
bandaids are optional but work good as the first layer of protection before you wrap it to make sure no further damage is done

i clean the area and dry it thoroughly
apply neosporin to a bandaid and cover the area completely
put moleskin over the bandaid and asses where the shoes will rub over it so you can make sure to place it so it wont peel back or rub off
once positioned perfectly, apply tape over it completely so its waterproof/sweatproof/psychedelic hay proof

be prepared for the dramatic white spot on your bad case of wookie foot when you take off your shoes :lol:

works for me and this year will be my 10th vibes in a row so these are very tested and approved methods

< spent a lot of time dressing my Peas tootsies last year, and was glad i could help so much! :mrgreen:

#22 mountain mama

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:26 PM

i bring a small(ish) cooler just for foot baths - "grate" first thing in the morning and last thing at night...drain the cold water from the enormous beverage cooler into the foot bath cooler, add some dr bronner's peppermint soap and soak those foots in the cold, cold, minty water. then tiger balm liberally. saves me every year at vibes.
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