GENCON is a gaming convention with over 49,000 in attendance in Indianapolis, Indiana. The gaming and activities are not just in the convention center. The convention has spread out to all the neighboring hotels too. That’s a lot of walking.
A lot of walking comes with a lot of hardship for some gamers. The feet will take a lot of punishment on all that concrete. Lots of swelling of the feet too. What can a gamer do?
First up, make sure you are taking all the medication prescribed by your provider. Many gamers get into the excitement and forget to take important medications for their heart, lungs, and other health problems. Be sure you continue taking your medications and with water. Medication that is filtered via the kidneys can have harsh side effects on the body with dehydration.
Second, wear proper shoes and socks. Not everyone can wear flip flops and sandals. Flip flops are one of the biggest reasons for the 5th metatarsal break in the foot. All that walking at conventions and on campus causes that flip flop to pull on the bone. While we do have some very cool cast coming onto the market, the air boot/shoe is the current going style.
Third, do you need a cane? Then those Tuxedo Mask and Penguin costumes are in good company. Or you can go with the Dwarven Tavern’s Dr. Jeff Goins’ walking pick, very cool steampunk walking cane. The imagination makes walking cane ideas endless. Do make sure you use the cane properly.
Fourth, swelling in the feet or edema. This is when water collects in the body and is hard to remove when the limbs are perpendicular to the ground. The feet need to be elevated to help release the edema. Do wear supportive socks that will absorb sweat and moisture, keeping the feet and legs dry, preventing blisters and ulcers on the legs. This will prevent long term issues with peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
So keep moving and taking in the fun, but take breaks and as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, you will get there.
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