iStock_000024597934When winter is here with its cold, roaring winds and constantly falling snow, we never consider walking barefoot. It is much too cold, and we want to protect our feet. However, when spring and summer start to kick in people begin to kick off their shoes to walk in the grass and do yard work without cumbersome leather and cloth. A common question people ask is if barefoot walking is safe and just how to go about with without injury. This blog is going to look at barefoot walking, why it is popular, and if it is truly safe for your feet.


What is Barefoot Walking?

Simply, and obviously, barefoot walking is where you walk around your home, yard, or even city or town without socks or shoes. This keeps shoes off of your feet when it is hot outside, and it can feel freeing to walk without cumbersome materials encasing your feet. We may all regularly engage in barefoot walking around our homes. However, this is something that is gaining popularity for outside walking and at businesses, regardless of any, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs a business may have.


Why Do People Believe Participate in Barefoot Walking?

It is a common belief that barefoot walking is not only safe for your feet but that it is the best option for foot health. The main reason people feel this way is they believe that shoes can cause more foot problems and conditions whereas barefoot walking will help prevent those problems. Some of the belief stems from people comparing our foot health to ancient cultures or cultures that still do not utilize shoes when walking. It is believed to promote health in your entire body and can help you stay connected mentally, and to many, can keep you connected spiritually. However, science has yet to prove that this happens. In fact, science shows us how shoes are better for our feet, which we look at in the next paragraph.


Is Barefoot Walking Safe for Your Feet?

While barefoot walking will not be too detrimental to your feet if you are inside your home, it still can be dangerous no matter what. You can easily step on sharp objects, causing injury, which can be bad if you are a diabetic. In addition, if you walk outdoors without shoes, you will be more exposed to bacteria on the ground, which can also cause foot conditions. Another point that many podiatrists make is that our bodies are not made perfectly, which means our alignment might be off without shoes. We need to wear shoes to protect our feet, and help our body stay healthy and lined up correctly, and the best way to do so is to wear orthotic shoes.


Why Should You Wear Shoes?

You will be able to keep your body healthy and happy when wearing shoes, and are less likely to develop conditions. One of the main reasons someone can develop a foot problem with shoes is because they do not choose shoes that fit well or have good support. Once you find the right shoes for your feet and body type, you are well on your way to a healthy, pain-free life.


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