Your feet carry you throughout the day, so why do many people forgo foot health? In fact, 77% of Americans have foot issues, and only 1/3 actually do something about it, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). It’s important to keep in mind that foot health care is an essential component of your overall health plan.
Maybe you work in sales, or maybe you don’t, but either way, it’s likely that you’ve been to trade shows or conventions. According to the Convention Industry Council, 205 million people in the United States attend conventions, conferences, congresses, trade shows and exhibitions each year. Conventions are essential to gaining new knowledge in your field, networking with cross-country colleagues, and promoting your company and/or products, and, while all are beneficial, conventions can do a number on your body, particularly on your feet.
Exhibit halls are very, very long with concrete floors providing little support. In fact, the largest convention center in North America, McCormick Place in Chicago, IL is 2,670,000 sqft! Chances are that if you’re on the floor, whether you’re an exhibitor or attendee, you’re on your feet. All day. This not only causes foot pain but soreness in your knees, hips, back, and shoulders, but makes those long hours seem even longer. To help you keep your convention experience pain-free, here are some helpful foot care tips for before, during and after your day on the trading floor.