Why You Shouldn’t Walk Around Barefoot

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Why You Shouldn’t Walk Around Barefoot


Going barefoot feels great, whether you’re at the beach wiggling your toes in the sand or strolling on soft grass.  At home, you may have a “no shoes” policy for cultural or sanitation reasons.  But walking barefoot can harm your feet.

Walking barefoot can offer some benefits, such as improved foot strength and balance.  However, there are several reasons why it is generally advisable to avoid walking barefoot, especially in certain environments.

Main reasons not to walk on barefoot

1. Risk of Injuries

  • Cuts and Abrasions: Bare feet are more susceptible to cuts, scrapes and puncture wounds from sharp objects like glass, nails or rocks.
  • Bruises and Sprains: Walking on uneven surfaces can lead to bruises, sprains or other injuries due to a lack of protection and support.

2. Infections

  • Bacterial Infections: Walking barefoot can expose your feet to bacteria, leading to infections if you have any open cuts or sores.
  • Fungal Infections: Barefoot walking in moist environments, such as locker rooms and public showers, can increase the risk of fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
  • Parasitic Infections: In some regions, walking barefoot can expose you to parasites like hookworms, which can enter the body through the skin.

3. Foot Health Issues

  • Callouses and Corns: Walking barefoot on hard surfaces can cause excessive friction and pressure, leading to the formation of callouses and corns.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Lack of arch support when walking barefoot can strain the plantar fascia, potentially leading to plantar fasciitis, a painful condition affecting the heel.

4. Exposure to Harmful Substances

  • Chemical Contaminants: Bare feet can come into contact with chemicals or other harmful substances present on the ground, leading to skin irritation or absorption of toxins.

5. Thermal Injuries

  • Burns and Frostbite: Walking barefoot on hot pavement, sand or other surfaces can cause burns.  Conversely, walking barefoot in cold conditions can lead to frostbite.

6. Lack of Support

  • Arch and Heel Support: Shoes provide essential support for the arches and heels of your feet.  Without this support, you might experience foot pain or exacerbate existing foot problems.

7. Hygiene

  • Dirt and Germs: Walking barefoot exposes your feet to dirt and germs, which can be carried into your home or other indoor environments, affecting overall cleanliness and hygiene.
Are you suffering from any foot condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000


We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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