Growing up, many of us are told to avoid walking barefoot, especially outside. I’ve always wondered why walking around barefoot could be such a big deal. It turns out, there actually are risks associated with walking around with nothing on your feet, whether you’re indoors or outdoors.
It Can Put Stress On The Body
Our feet have a natural arch and they naturally pronate during the gait cycle. According to some recent studies, the gait cycle is defined as “the interval of time between any of the repetitive events of walking.” To pronate means that our feet naturally turn inward with each step.
When we walk barefoot on hard surfaces, our feet become flat. This can put an immense amount of stress on our feet and could even potentially move that stress to other parts of the body, such as your knees and back. Walking barefoot also causes us to pronate for longer periods of time which contributes to putting pressure on our feet.
This explains why your feet hurt and your body may feel sore after a long day of wearing unsupportive shoes.
Footwear that lacks support, such as flip flops, doesn’t support the natural arch of the foot and also puts stress on the feet.
Increases The Risk Of Getting Infections
The skin on your feet tends to get neglected. Most people don’t think about the importance of keeping your feet skin healthy. When you walk around barefoot, you’re at risk for getting infections of the skin, such as athlete’s foot.
Athlete’s foot is a mildly contagious fungal infection that can be spread through infected skin particles left on clothing, shoes, and floors. Despite this infection’s name, you certainly don’t have to be an athlete to catch athlete’s foot.
This fungal infection thrives in warm, moist areas, and walking barefoot increases your chances of contracting this infection. There are other types of bacteria and infections you can contract by walking barefoot, but athlete’s foot is one of the most common.
Those who are diabetic have an even higher risk of contracting and fighting off infections.
You never know what types of bacteria and infections are on these surfaces. That’s why it’s important to protect your feet by keeping them covered in supportive, breathable footwear.
Now, if you do happen to contract infections from walking barefoot, it’s not the end of the world. However, prevention is always better than cure!
Where To Avoid Walking Barefoot?
It’s best to avoid walking barefoot in all places, including at home. Bacteria thrive in dark, moist environments such as bathrooms, pools, and gyms. These are public places that put you at a higher risk of coming in contact with different types of bacteria.
It’s a great idea to avoid walking barefoot at home because if you have a roommate or spouse and they have a foot infection, you can easily contract that infection from bacteria being spread on the floor.
This is also possible if outside shoes have been worn inside the house, or if you have a pet. Although this is uncommon, pets can spread certain types of bacteria to humans that may have been contracted from being outdoors or coming in contact with other animals.
The Best Footwear To Avoid Walking Barefoot At Home?
Most people tend to have their feet covered up in public. The only exception to this is when people are at the beach and outdoors in the summertime. However, foot protection is still necessary even in that scenario. Wearing supportive sandals to the pool or beach will help reduce the risks of walking barefoot in these public, warm areas.
When it comes to being at home, there are many cute and affordable pairs of house slippers that will help keep your feet warm and protected.
Our Simple Pattern Slippes is the best to walk around if you don't like wearing slippers. They are light, durable and easy to wear. They are made using pure hemp fabric and cotton.
In the summertime, you may not want to wear house slippers that provide your feet warmth. That’s why we also have the Simple Slippe, which are made using pure hemp fabric. These slippers are open-toed, breathable, and can be worn in the house or outdoors.
These affordable Slippes both feature cute designs so your feet can be supported in style!
At the end of the day, you only have one pair of feet. It’s important that you take care of them as best as you can.