iStock_000019601749_SmallThe question of whether or not we need to wear shoes is a topic that is still hotly debated, with several champions of barefoot running insisting that they are not necessary. Shoes protect our feet from many things and, if you have a foot condition, wearing shoes will keep your feet healthy, cut back on pain, and help promote healing.

This blog is going to explore why it is important to wear shoes when you are out and about, and why you should consider getting the right shoes for you.

  1. Wearing Shoes Protects You From Germs

While many barefoot promoters say this is untrue, the track can be teaming with bacteria that can cause foot problems.  It’s true that you’re unlikely to catch a cold running barefoot, but that’s not the bacteria you should be concerned about. You do, however, have a higher chance of getting a fungal problem, which can cause itchiness, swelling, and redness. This is uncomfortable and for many, painful. You will end up spending quite a bit trying to get rid of the problem, especially if you continually walk barefoot. In addition, if you are diabetic, these germs could cause sores to develop on your feet, which is dangerous. 

  1. Shoes Keep Your Feet Safe From Injury

Another way wearing shoes helps is that they can keep your feet safe from injuries. While we love to imagine our favorite walking trails or tracks a clean, we know that they’re not. Sure, you will be able to walk on the grass and other softer ground, but you do not know what people have thrown in the grass. There are always rocks, but there can also be glass, sharp objects, and other items that can cause injury. If this happens, the germs we encountered in point one could cause an infection in the open wound. Wearing shoes protects you from this and makes sure your feet stay healthy and safe. 

  1. You Have a Better Grip on Things

Depending on where you are and what shoes you are wearing,they can provide you with a better grip on things. If you are hiking, wearing shoes can help you grab onto rock and terrain much easier and if you are walking on ice, wearing the right shoes can also help you walk easier. There are several different shoe types for different activities, and it is always wise to purchase them to keep your feet and yourself safe. 

  1. Shoes Can Correct Your Posture

Many barefoot advocates will claim that running without shoes is better for your posture, and when you compare it to running with a pair of generic sneakers you pick up from a store, it could be argued that they make a valid point.

When you wear the right shoes, such as a pair of athletic orthotics, you can help your posture out in wonderful ways. While barefoot walking can help to a point, our bodies rarely have naturally proper posture, and so walking without support can cause issues to develop.

Because of this, it is important to wear supportive shoes or use orthotic inserts to improve your posture. Orthotic shoes help align your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back, which helps reduce any pain you may have and can correct many issues. 


  1. Shoes Provide Cushioning, Support, and Comfort for Foot Conditions

If you have a foot condition, wearing shoes will help provide everything you need, especially when you wear orthotic shoes. Orthotic shoes have the right amount of cushion and support that people need daily and can be made to fit a person’s condition, giving an individual the best treatment. This can help reverse and eliminate many foot conditions and, for chronic conditions, can help improve any pain associated with it. This is why wearing shoes is vital for everyone with a foot condition.

If you want to go barefoot, you can do so for small portions throughout your day when you are somewhere safe. The best place to go barefoot is at home because you know what is on the ground. However, wearing shoes regularly will help improve many ailments and posture over time. If you are looking for great orthotic shoes to wear, then The Orthotic Shop is perfect for you! Take a look at all we have to offer and find some shoes.