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Oh My Aching Feet

screaming feetSore feet are a comment I have heard hundreds of times at trade show exhibits but most people push through the pain. I still don't understand it. From hard surfaces to high heels people don't seem to understand if their feet hurt, they thinking about their feet and not the task at hand, selling.

Please understand I know what I am talking about, 6' 5" and 290lbs. with small feet, I feel your pain. We really need to think what our feet are telling us, I hurt get off of me. We all know the body doesn't lie to us and we need know we are headed for a life time of problem that may not be reversible.

I don t claim to be a doctor but there our some common sense things we can do about trade show flooring.

Why not talk to a doctor first and see how the old feet are doing. I did and ended up with custom arch supports, what a difference. Helped for a lot of the day, still hurt at the end of the day.

New shoes. I found out Mail-men wore Mason shoes made just for them. Worked great a little hard to buy. Went to the Walking Shoe store where they had me stand on a machine that showed my feet where not evenly touching the floor. I bought good shoes and arch supports this helped for about 6-8 hours. I don t what to tell women but high heels, are never a good idea for your feet (ask the women hobbling around) but 8 -12 hours, ouch! Find an alternative to 8 or more hours in uncomfortable shoes.

Trade show flooring. Thousands of dollars to be at a trade show and the flooring is where most companies try to save a dollar. Spent the extra money it is foolish not to. For a few hundred dollars you can buy interlocking carpet squares. Make sure you buy the high density foam flooring and not the light foam, it only a little cheaper and is junk. Get padding under your carpet, wooden and vinyl flooring.

Take a load off. My favorite trick was to have a bar stool where I could take some of my weight off my feet by half way sitting on the stool with my feet still on the floor. I looked like I was standing up waiting for the next customer but my feet new I was resting them.

I am sure there a lot more ideas out on the show floor, let me know, but the bottom line is to take care of those feet they are the only ones you have.

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