Isn't it ironic that a long day at worksitting at your deskis enough to make your dogs bark once you've hit the couch at home?
While feetareresilient, any level of wear-and-tear poses health risks. Finding the rightshoes only does so much if you're always barefoot at home. Though feetcanwithstand the toughest surfaces, there's no reason to do so in the house.
For optimal foot health, feet need their own TLC, and bare feet are not on that list. Here's what to know about walking barefoot.
Barefoot at Home
While it's true that home's a place tokick off your shoesand relax, going shoeless doesn't equate to bare feet. For folks striving to hit their 10,000 steps a day, the least you can do is make the hundreds at home most comfortable.
Our feet house 26 bones in the human body, so it's safe to say proper foot protection is a priority. Without it, you risk the following.
Going barefoot everywhere is its own kind of musculoskeletal training. Since feet are resilient, it may take even longer to know you've compromised your foot shape. Ifyou wait until you'resymptomatic, it's safe to assume some damage has been done.
It's possible tocreate imbalances in your knees, hips, back, or postural alignment, which can take far longer tocorrect thanhaving prevented it in the first place. Plantar fasciitis especially—or flat feet—hasleft 2 million people worldwide with sunken and pained arches.
Hardwood or concrete surfaces hasnogive tothe body. In turn, feet mustconform tothe flat surface, unlike carpets or matted areas that cushion the foot's impact.
2. Foot Fungus
There's a reason they're called barefeet—bare feet arenaked and exposed.Barefoot walkingcan promptathlete's foot, toenail fungus, warts and callouses, hookworm, and other bacteria.Especiallyif you have pets, imagine what'sreallyon that bare floor—and now on your feet.
3. Prone to Injury
We have ten toes because we need them. If you're naturally clumsy or notorious for stubbed toes, being barefoot at home is not for you. It's not until you experience thewordsbarefootandfloortogether, that youlearn floorsare homes to foot-unfriendlyobjects.
Wearing foot protection in the home can increase spatial awareness and therefore prevent injury.
Protect Your Feet
Feet are intricate systems responsible for aligning everything above them. Life's journeys make it hard enough to maintain healthy feet on agoodday. There's no need to make your barefeet war with your bare floors.
If you have a history with—or propensity for—structural misalignment, consider your feet even moreprecious.Shin splints, heel pain, arch complaints, and tendonitis are tell-tale signs that going barefoot at home is not for you. Even for those with perfectly healthy feet now, walking barefoot is alikely way to change that.
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