The rains get a little colder, winter lawns start to be seeded, and the annual migration of snowbirds come in from the Northeast. All signs of autumn coming to Arizona!
One bonus of fall in the Phoenix area is having a bit of an upswing in area events, and simply better opportunities to check out some fun destinations without the weather being so oppressive.
Whether you’re familiar with the area or just coming down for the winter (we love you, too!), there are plenty of fun ways to take advantage of autumn’s changes. And, since we’re swimming in foot care advice anyway, we’ll also throw in a few tips on how to enjoy your time while lowering your risk of pain and discomfort!
Chuck a Pumpkin at the Arizona Harvest Festival
Every fall, Downtown Chandler steeps itself in fall festivities with the Arizona Harvest Festival and Farmers Market.
The festival features down-to-earth, family-friendly activities such as pumpkin tossing, a pumpkin pageant, corn shucking, a pie eating contest, and an honest-to-goodness cakewalk. There is also a huge open-air market, live music, and an outdoor beer garden serving local brews and pumpkin ales. Admission is free!
If you’re going to be spending all day walking around, even if it’s just browsing vendor stalls, think twice before heading out in flip-flops. They may feel comfortable at first, but their lack of arch and heel support can lead to pain with extended use.
Get Roped into Gilbert Days
Gilbert is home to several coinciding events in mid-November. Whether you like to walking, running, or riding, Gilbert Days has something for you.
The Gilbert Days Rodeo will be held at Welcome Home Ranch, with daily performances Nov. 16-18 in 2018. Join the rodeo royalty, Cowgirls Historical Foundation, and seasoned performers as they show off their expertise.
All right, let’s talk about cowboy (and Western) boots. A good pair can be quite good for your feet! You have to be mindful of the design, however, as different manufacturers have significant variations based on their traditions. Narrow toe space can be a problem, so make sure you don’t feel cramped and have at least a thumb’s width between the end of your longest toe and the front end of the boot.
The Gilbert Days Parade will set off from the Gilbert Heritage District on Nov. 17, 2018. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Adventure?” Floats are expected to celebrate the adventurous spirit, from comic book superheroes to traveling explorers.
And, if you like to hit the ground running, there are two ways to do so.
The Gilbert Days Glow Run is a no-pressure, not timed evening event where participants can walk, run, skip, or otherwise boogie down the course with black lights and glow sticks. This will be held at Freestone Park on Nov. 16, 2018. Strollers and leashed pets are permitted.
The traditional Gilbert Half Marathon and 10K, organized by the “Shun the Sun Foundation,” will take place Nov. 17. Each race will begin at a different location, but finish off on the Gilbert Days parade route! Having spectators cheer you on in is quite the rush!
Fire Up Some Good Eats at the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook Off
Tumbleweed Ranch hosts this free, family-friendly event on Nov. 10, 2018. Bona fide chuck wagons from the 1880s will circle and cook up meals for visitors using only the equipment and cooking methods of the time.
The cook off provides a chance for an up-close look at Old West history and see just how different—or similar—things are today. Chuck wagons, after all, were one of the original food trucks!
Enjoy the home-cooked meals, but you should be mindful of overindulging in certain foods if you have gout. Red meats and organ meats such as liver can increase your risk of suffering a painful flare-up. You don’t have to eliminate these foods entirely in most cases, but check with a medical professional for your best portions.
Step Up to Montezuma Castle
Located about 90 minutes from Phoenix, the Montezuma Castle National Monument is neither a castle nor ever connected with Montezuma. This was just the name given to these dwellings back in the 1860s. The misnomer makes them no less impressive, though!
These homes, situated 90 feet up limestone cliffs, were built by the Sinagua people. It’s a daring feat of engineering even now, and these were built somewhere between 1100 and 1425!
The site is now a national monument with a short, easy, paved trail that goes from the visitor center to the base of the cliffs. Fall is a great time to take in these architectural wonders.
The Best Fall Fun Comes with Comfortable Feet
There are many more great activities to partake in around our area. Whatever you do, we hope it’s free of heel pain, ankle troubles, or any other problems that put a crimp in your step.
If you ever have concerns about your feet or ankles, from skin and nail conditions to injuries, the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona are here. Our offices in Gilbert and Chandler are happy to accept patients of all ages, and provide quality treatments for both short-term problems and long-term relief.
Call us at (480) 963-9000 or toll-free at (877) 866-2417. You can also fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will reach out to you.