Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means – bare feet. As good as it might feel to take off your shoes and go shoeless, it’s not the best idea for your feet.
Shoes aren’t just a fashion statement. They are functional, meaning they protect your feet. This protection isn’t always realized by people, which is why they are quick to throw shoes off when the weather warms up and shoes seem to be nuisance. The problem is that walking around without footwear increases the risks of many foot related problems. The following are some of these, so you can see how important it is to NOT walk around barefoot.
When you walk around barefoot, especially places where others are doing the same, you open yourself up to fungus. Bacteria can easily seep into your skin and cause a lot of problems, such as Athlete’s Feet.
It’s best to wear sandals or flip flops in places where you would like to go barefoot, such as locker rooms and outside showers at the pool or beach.
Wood, shells, nails, and other small pieces of matter can pierce through the skin and get stuck there. If you don’t remove it, it could become infected. Infections can get worse and become serious if not treated.
Have you ever stubbed your toe? If so, you know how much it hurts. The chances of stubbing your foot when barefoot are much higher than if you’re walking around with socks or shoes on your feet.
Besides stubbing your toe on cement causing a wound, other injuries you should be aware of has to do with the lack of support you receive from not wearing shoes. Footwear provides support to the arch of your foot and can support the ankle as well. This decreases the chances of spraining or breaking your foot or ankle.
Without anything covering your feet, bugs and insects can bite them. While a small bug bit may not be bothersome, multiple bites or one from a spider or larger bug could be painful and can even lead to an infection because of the wound.
It can be difficult to see wounds on the foot and when there is an open one of your feet, especially the bottom, it could result in an infection since it comes in contact with bacteria. Keeping the feet covered will keep the feet from coming into contact with something that could lead to an infection.
It’s important to know what to do if you do become injured while barefoot. Immediately clean the feet and cover them with a bandage, socks, and shoes. Keep the area clean and use over-the-counter medication if needed for healing. Reach out to a foot specialist if you suspect there is an infection.
If you are suffering from foot-related issues due to going barefoot or another reason, contact Suffolk Foot and Ankle for help. Our specialists can assess the condition and identify the best treatment to help you get back on your feet without pain. With offices throughout Long Island conveniently located in East Patchogue, Riverhead, Medford, and Commack, our patients can get the foot care they need quickly and easily. Call us now for an appointment at 631-604-4948.