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Watch That Cabbage: St. Patrick's Parades and Your Feet

Your feet successfully escaped getting stepped on by eager Mardi Gras revelers rushing for that Muses shoe medallion bead (a high heel that is awesome but of a style we don’t recommend wearing too often!) or that Rex doubloon, and you kept your toes out of the paths of the wheels on all nine parts of Endymion’s Pontchartrain Beach float.

But will your feet escape high-speed cabbages and potatoes?

The St. Patrick’s parades are here, and foot injuries can too often mar what are otherwise wonderful events. New Orleans Podiatry Associates is here to help you fix your feet and get you walking comfortably again.

The most serious foot injuries people may incur at parades are crushed or broken feet and toes. If you have crushed a toe or foot, you have ideally already sought medical treatment at an emergency room.

If you find yourself experiencing pain after the parade but you’re unsure if a bone is broken, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Dr. Lang at NOPA will X-ray your foot and then determine in consultation with you the best course of treatment. Putting the fracture back into its right place and then splinting or casting the foot, rather than surgery, may be all that is required.

Paradegoers are also often susceptible to twisted ankles. (Watch out for oak roots, potholes, and unexpected drop-offs in the sidewalks and streets as you’re walking to and from the parade routes.) To care for twisted ankles (and other sprains, strains, and fractures), the American Podiatric Medical Association offers the acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Follow these steps to minimize pain and swelling:

  • Rest: Stay off of the injured foot as much as possible until you can see us
  • Ice: Apply ice to the injured area as soon as possible, and keep it there for 15-20 minute intervals every 3-4 hours for the first 48 hours after the injury
  • Compression: Wrap a bandage firmly but not too tightly around the affected area
  • Elevation: Rest the affected foot on pillows at an elevation higher than that of your heart

Furthermore, the additional strain on your feet caused by walking and standing for hours at a time can also aggravate bunions and heel pain. Check out our links for detailed information on these conditions.

The best ways to protect your feet at parades are to wear strong shoes and to be mindful of where you step, even amidst all of the excitement to catch goodies. Your feet will thank you.

If your feet are in pain, don’t go green with envy thinking about all those who got their veggies injury-free. Give New Orleans Podiatry Associates a call today, and we can get you back on your feet without missing a beat...or a jig.


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New Orleans Podiatry Associates
4.9/5★★★★★22 Reviews
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K. D. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Oct 05, 2021
Dr.Lang, and his staff are always extremely friendly , professional and helpful. This office is beautiful and I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.
J. Z. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Sep 23, 2021
Great Doctor and staff
T. J. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Sep 16, 2021
Dr. Edward Lang has been my podiatrist since 2012. I could not have chosen a more compassionate, understanding and excellent doctor. The staff in his office is so accommodating and empathetic to each patients unique situation. If you are in need of a Podiatrist; do not hesitate to call Dr. Lang's office. You will not be disappoint
J. C. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Mi esposo Carlos Cortez y yo estamos muy satisfechos 0 con el servicio del Doctor Lang, ya que mi esposo tuvo un accidente en su trabajo y se daño el tendón de su pie izquierdo, Él fue donde el primer doctor y este dijo que mi esposo no necesitaba cirugía, que solo con terapia podía repararlo, pero no nos convecimos de ese doctor y
S. W. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I can't believe the luck I had in finding this place a few years ago. The sense of family between the staff is something you feel even as a patient there. Dr. Lang and staff work as a team, are very thorough and do everything imaginable to make you happy and comfortable. Everyone here cares about how you ate feeling and all of your n
M. B. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Dr Lang and his office are the epitome of professional, kindness and caring.
A. W. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I was so thankful I was referred to Dr. Lang for a foot injury due to tennis. Dr. Lang and his team made me feel welcome and took care of all of my needs. My foot healed great and I am so thankful to be back on the court!
M. L. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Recently had an ingrown toenail removed. I was very anxious and nervous about the pain and getting it removed but the doctor and staff made me as comfortable as possible. The removal was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. The doctor is very friendly and so gentle that I didn't even know he had started the procedure when he did.
B. D. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Dr. Lang is an amazing podiatrist. Working in the service industry for over a decade ,took a toll on both of my feet. Dr. Lang, performed both bunion surgeries on me. Best decision I ever made, I am able to stand with out any of my feet aching. I can once again fit comfortably in my shoes. Thank You !!! Dr.Lang
A. E. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
The people running this place are amazing 🤩 people ! Leyla Aviles
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