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Is It Healthy To Go Barefoot In Public?

by Jamie Pritchard September 26, 2019

Two people standing bare feet in the sand

As I was driving into work this morning the DJ question of the day was "Is it safe to go barefoot in public?"

Now I love to walk down a sandy beach or through some lush green grass as the feeling is great between the toes. But to walk down a public street or into a store or restaurant (if they would let you) I think I am going to pass there. If you take a look on a typical sidewalk you might find bits of broken glass, cigarette butts, old gum, and a few things left behind from poor pet cleanups. Also left behind are remains of everything those traveling the path before you have left behind. There is a plethora of germs ahead of you. I am not sure about you but I would rather these meet the bottom of my shoe.

Further research indicates there are experts and opinions in both camps:

Cons

  • Family physicians and pediatricians are concerned with the possibility of picking up bacteria, fungal infections and viruses as a result of going barefoot.
  • Possibilities include plantar warts, a viral infection that can often be found on dirty surfaces, or athlete’s foot, a fungal infection that is commonly found in locker rooms and other wet surfaces.
  • Many podiatrists believe that the number one issue with not wearing shoes is the lack of support offered to the foot and any damage that can occur as a result.

Pros

  • Proponents of walking barefoot point to the fact that for more than 90 percent of the population, shoes hurt their feet. From young children to the elderly, most will agree that at the end of the day, they look forward to removing their shoes.
  • Most shoes do not fit properly, something that can easily be observed by looking at people’s feet.
  • Many individuals suffer from bunions, calluses, blisters and deformed feet, all as a result of poor-fitting shoes.
  • Supporters of going barefoot claim that it is impossible for any shoe to fit properly, because all shoes constrict the foot and inhibit the natural movement that is supposed to occur when people walk.
  • Many believe that wearing shoes actually changes the way people walk and disrupts a person's natural gait.

The last thought is social acceptance as most public establishments do not allow patrons to enter without shoes so those that want to practice this tradition are somewhat limited.

At the end of the day the choice is yours, would love to hear your feedback.

Jamie Pritchard is President of Roxton Industries - all things clean!

 




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